Everett Dean is no stranger to Halls of Fame. At the time of his election into the College Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame, he was already a member of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame, the Helms Foundation Hall of Fame and the Indiana State Hall of Fame. And, when so honored by his baseball colleagues, he was the only college coach to have been elected in both basketball and baseball.
An outstanding athlete at Indiana University from 1917 to 1921, Dean starred in football, baseball, and basketball. In the latter, he was named All-Big Ten and All-American center, and he also won the prestigious Big Ten Medal for proficiency in scholarship and athletics.
Dean coached only three years at Carleton, but left behind an almost incredible record: two Midwest Conference championships in basketball, with season records of 14-2, 17-2, and 14-0, and a Conference crown in baseball.
Returning to Indiana University in 1924, he coached there for fourteen years, winning three Big Ten titles in basketball and three in baseball. From there he went to Stanford, and in 1942 he brought the State of California its first NCAA basketball title. Named baseball coach in 1950, his Standford teams promptly won two California Intercollegiate Baseball crowns, one Pacific Coast Conference championship and played in the College World Series in 1953.
Few other coaches can boast of having more than 30 former players rise to become head college coaches in basketball or baseball. Included are such names as Forddy Anderson (Bradley and Michigan State), Ernie Andres (Indiana), Branch McCracken (Indiana), Jim Pollard (LaSalle), Howie Dallmar (Stanford), and Carleton’s own Ozzie Cowles ’22 (Dartmouth, MIchigan, and Minnesota) and Joe Hutton ’24 (Hamline).
The man called “The Gentleman Coach” by his friends and colleagues has also devoted much time to the Indiana University Alumni Association, of which he was President in 1969. He has also been President of the “I” Men’s Association and a member of the Indiana University Distinguished Alumni Service Club.