Charlotte 49ers head coach Brad Lambert announced the hiring of Dean Hood as the 49ers Assistant Head Coach and Tight Ends Coach. Hood spent the last eight years as the head coach at Eastern Kentucky and also served as Wake Forest’s Defensive Coordinator prior to joining the 49ers.
"He’ll bring a lot to us and our whole program," Lambert said. "He’s run a program and he’ll be good with our offensive staff. He brings a good defensive mind to the offense. He’s excited about being on offense and coaching the tight ends and he’s a big special teams guy, so he’ll be a huge asset. He’s been really involved from all three standpoints, obviously, at Eastern Kentucky so he brings a lot to the table."
"When you’re looking at a new postion there are a couple things you look for and Brad Lambert crosses them off the list," Hood said. "I know he cares about his players. I know he’s in it to help these guys become better in the community, better neighbors, better husbands and fathers. And I know he has a passion to win football games. He’s going to be doing things the right way. And he’s going to work as hard as he can to win games and develop players."
While at Eastern Kentucky, Hood was the 2008 Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) Coach of the Year and the 2011 AFCA Regional Coach of the Year. In 2008 and 2014 he was a finalist for the Eddie Robinson Award. The Colonels advanced to the FCS Playoffs three times during Hood’s tenure and posted a 55-38 record.
He spent seven years at Wake Forest from 2001-2007 before taking over the head position at EKU. He served as Defensive Coordinator and Secondary Coach for the Demon Deacons. When he left for EKU, Lambert took over as Wake’s Defensive Coordinator.
"I’ve know him for a long time," Lambert added. "He’s a winner. He won a lot of games at Eastern Kentucky. We’re really ecstatic he’s here. We’re fortunate to have him."
"We have a great relationship," Hood added. "(At Wake), he was my right hand man -- I’d bounce all my questions off him and get his thoughts. Now, I’m hoping to repay the favor. I’m really excited to be here. The campus is beautiful and (Athletic Director) Judy (Rose) has energy and vision. You want to be in the right spot to help kids win games and get better."
A 1986 graduate of Ohio Wesleyan, Hood has also coached at Fairmont (W.Va.) State, Colgate, Glenville (W.Va.) State and Ohio University. He had a previous stint at EKU from 1994-98 as the Colonels Secondary Coach (1994-96) and Defensive Coordinator/Secondary Coach (1997-98).
Hood oversaw the defensive backs for two years at Ohio University (1999-2000) after that first five-year stint at EKU. He coached four years at Glenville State (1990-93), including three as defensive coordinator/assistant head coach. He spent one year at Colgate as the junior varsity defensive coordinator, special teams coordinator and assistant varsity secondary coach. He got his coaching start as an assistant at Fairmont State for two years (1987-88) working with the defensive backs.
He was a three-time all-North Coast Athletic Conference selection as a defensive back at Ohio Wesleyan. He was a team captain for two years and was named first-team all-America as a senior. He was inducted into the OWU Athletic Hall of Fame in 2001.
Hood graduated in 1986 with a degree in Biology and earned his masters in Physical Education from West Virginia in 1989.
Johnson Richardson, who served as Tight Ends Coach this past year, will take over the Offensive Line. Kevin Donnalley, who worked with the Offensive Line in an interim role this past year will return to his position in player development.