Men’s Track and Field (1972-75)
Inducted February 1992
Dan Dean, a local product with great ambitions, made headlines with his running career at Weber State, a legacy that he continues to add to as a coach in the Wildcats program.
Dean hailed from Evanston, Wyoming, and was a star middle-distance runner for Coach Chick Hislop’s squads in the 1970s. Among his achievements, Dean earned All-America honors in the 880-yard run at the 1975 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships with a time of 1:46.8.
Dean was the Big Sky Conference 880-yard champion in the 1973 and 1975, and set Weber State records in the mile and 880 during the 1973, 1974 and 1975 campaigns. The 880 mark of 1:46.8 (converted time to 800 meters) still stands at WSU, and was the best in the history of the Big Sky Conference until 1992, a skein of 31 years.
Dean holds the record for most points scored during a career in a Big Sky conference championship in the 800 meters (21) by a WSU runner.
Dean went on to coach at several area high schools, returning to Weber State as an assistant coach in 2009. Dean coached for 26 years at Ben Lomond High, earning five state track and field championships and a cross country state title. In all, he led the Scots to 17 region championships. The track at the Ogden school is named Dan Dean Track. He was inducted into the Utah Sports Hall of Fame as a coach.
He also coached at Bonneville High, coaching his daughter Ally, who went on to star at Weber State as well.
Dean and his wife Charla, are the parents of two sons, Greg and Daren, and daughter Ally.