Dean Hood named Murray State University head football coach

Dean Hood named Murray State University head football coach
Murray State University President Dr. Bob Jackson and Director of Athletics Kevin Saal introduced Dean Hood on Friday, December 13 as MSU’s 19th head coach. (Photo by Chet White/UK Athletics) (Source: Chet White)

MURRAY, Ky. (KFVS) - Dead Hood was named the new head coach for the Murray State University football program.

Murray State University President Dr. Bob Jackson and Director of Athletics Kevin Saal introduced him on Friday, December 13 as MSU’s 19th head coach.

(Source: Murray State University)
(Source: Murray State University) (Source: Murray State University)

Hood has built a highly successful football program at both the NCAA Division I FBS and FCS level throughout his 30-year career.

Currently, Hood is special teams coordinator and defensive backs coach at Kentucky. During his time in Lexington, the Wildcats accomplished one of the program’s most successful three-year stints, to include three consecutive bowl games and a 10-win season in 2018.

“We are very excited about Coach Dean Hood, his wife Crystal, and their children joining our Racer Family,” Murray State University President Dr. Bob Jackson said. “Coach Hood has a wealth of experience, is a seasoned coach and mentor to his student-athletes and has the required integrity, vision and enthusiasm to assist us in taking our football program to a new level. Coach Hood understands the needs of our program and the importance of our student-athletes being successful in the classroom, on the field and in life.”

Dean Hood graduated in 1986 with a biology degree from Ohio Wesleyan and earned a master’s degree in physical education from West Virginia in 1989. He is a native of Ashtabula, Ohio.

Murray State welcomes him and his wife, Crystal, their two sons and daughters.

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