Dean, who just led the Blazers to a second Division II national championship in a six-year span, said he was not called, or brought to campus to interview for the job.
“I have a tremendous amount of interest in (the job),” Dean said Wednesday. “I’m from the Atlanta area and when it came about that they were getting a football program I thought it would be a great situation. I think it’s going to be a great diamond in the rough.
“But I was not asked to come and interview. Evidently, they had a different idea.”
Dean said he was contacted by Kennesaw State athletic director Vaughn Williams a couple of weeks ago and was asked for the phone number of Valdosta State athletic director Herb Reinhard. Dean said Williams wanted to talk to Reinhard before talking any further with him. Dean said he hasn’t heard a word since.
With Dean not being considered, that leaves three known candidates for the job at this time – Georgia Tech linebackers coach Andy McCollum, the Yellow Jackets’ quarterbacks and B-backs coach Brian Bohannon and Murray State coach Chris Hatcher.
McCollum, a Marietta native, has coached for three decades, with additional stops at North Carolina State, Baylor, and UTEP. He has previous head-coaching experience at Middle Tennessee from 1999-2005, where he led the Blue Raiders to a Sun Belt Conference championship in 2001 and helped take the program into the Football Bowl Subdivision.
Bohannon has no head-coaching experience, but has been part of Paul Johnson’s coaching staff the last 17 years at Georgia Southern, Navy and Georgia Tech. Bohannon is a Griffin native and played his college football at Georgia.
The Macon-born Hatcher has been at Murray State for three seasons. He was most successful at Valdosta State, his alma mater, where he led the Blazers to the 2004 Division II national championship. He also spent three years as head coach at Georgia Southern.
All three candidates fit into the list of qualifications Williams would like to see as a head coach.
“My preference will be someone from Georgia — a native son that has done good work and works well with the student-athletes,” Williams said after last month’s announcement that football would kick off on the Kennesaw State campus in 2015.
Williams said he hopes to name a coach by the end of March.