“Coach Dean understands hard work, success, and what it means to be a Blue Devil,” Tift County principal Chad Stone said in a release announcing the hire. “I am eager to see him work with our student athletes and develop a football program that makes us better today than yesterday.”
Tift County was 2-7 last season under Ashley Anders, who stepped down after six seasons. Tift was 11-2 as recently as 2017. The Blue Devils play in Region 1-7A, which includes football powers Colquitt County, Lowndes and Camden County. Those are the only South Georgia schools in the highest classification.