Dean Hood has announced his retirement from coaching. Hood was most recently in charge of the Murray State Racers since the season 2020 where he went 15-25 overall and oversaw the move from the Ohio Valley Conference to the Missouri Valley Football Conference. Hood is the fourth FCS head coach to announce his retirement in the 2023-24 season.
Hood began his coaching career at NCAA Division II Fairmont State as a defensive backs coach in 1986 and 1987. He spent a season at Colgate in the same capacity in 1989. He moved up to defensive coordinator in 1990 when he joined NCAA Division II Glenville State for four seasons. He became the DC at Eastern Kentucky in 1994 and stayed through the 1998 season. In 1999 and 2000, he joined the Ohio coaching staff as the defensive backs coach.
From 2001 through 2007, he was the defensive coordinator at Wake Forest and was hired as the head coach of Eastern Kentucky in 2008. At EKU, Hood went 55-38 overall with 3 FCS Playoff appearances. From 2016 through 2019, he was an assistant coach with Charlotte and Kentucky at the FBS level.
While at Murray State, Hood helped improve the Racers in his first two seasons and finished with winning records in 2020 and 2021. It was the first time Murray State had back-to-back winning seasons in a decade (2010-2011). For his career, Dean Hood went 70-63 overall and 54-35 in conference matchups with 3 FCS Playoff appearances.
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