Blake Dean to join UNO baseball staff

Former LSU All-America first baseman and outfielder Blake Dean will join the University of New Orleans baseball coaching staff as a volunteer assistant.

“Blake epitomizes what a student-athlete is supposed to be,” UNO coach Ron Maestri said. “He was a great player and knows the value of an education, coming back after pro ball to make sure he got his degree.”

Dean was an undergraduate assistant at LSU last season while finishing his degree. He played two seasons in the Los Angles Dodgers’ organization.

Before being picked by the Dodgers in the eighth round of the 2010 draft, Dean put together impressive numbers from 2007-10 at LSU, including being a Baseball America first-team All-America selection in 2008.

Upon concluding his career, Dean ranked No. 2 in LSU history in total bases (575), No. 2 in RBIs (260), No. 2 in hits (332), No. 3 in doubles (63), No. 4 in home runs (56) and No. 5 in runs (223).

Maestri said anticipates naming a pitching coach in the coming days to complete his staff.