Dean Lockwood is in his 13th year on the Lady Vol staff and in his 18th year of service to the University of Tennessee. He has worked alongside UT Head Coach Holly Warlick since July 2, 2004, when he became just the ninth assistant coach ever to serve under Pat Summitt at UT. Since his return to Rocky Top, the Lady Vols have compiled a record of 354-75, captured seven SEC Tournament crowns and five SEC regular season championships, appeared in three NCAA Final Fours and won back-to-back national championships (2007 & 2008).
Five of Lockwood's pupils at Tennessee have developed into first-round picks in the WNBA Draft, including 2013 WNBA MVP and WNBA All-Star Game MVP Candace Parker, the No. 1 overall selection in 2008 by Los Angeles. Parker honed her craft under Lockwood's tutelage and remains one of the most well-known and highly-compensated women's players of all-time.
Isabelle Harrison followed in Parker's footsteps in 2015, also going in the first round of the WNBA Draft. The dynamic 6-foot-3 post player was taken with the 12th pick by Phoenix, even though she was out for the season with a knee injury sustained during her senior season.
The other three first-rounders are WNBA All-Star Glory Johnson (No. 4, Tulsa, 2012), Kelley Cain (No. 7, New York, 2012) and Tye'sha Fluker (No. 10, Charlotte, 2006). Five others were drafted, including Shyra Ely (No. 14, 2nd Rd., San Antonio, 2005), Sidney Spencer (No. 25, 2nd Rd., Los Angeles, 2007), 2008 WNBA All-Rookie Team member Nicky Anosike (No.16, 2nd Rd., Los Angeles, 2008), Vicki Baugh (No. 25, 3rd Rd., Tulsa, 2012) and Bashaara Graves (No. 22, 2nd Rd., Minnesota, 2016). Nia Moore, meanwhile, signed a pro contract to play in Korea in 2016.
Graves, Lockwood’s most recent WNBA pick, is one of only five Lady Vols to reach 1,500 points and 1,000 rebounds in her career, finishing third with 1,044 boards and 19th with 1,509 points. She was fifth in career games started (128) and ninth in career double-doubles (29).
In 2016-17, Lockwood welcomes back returning starter 6-foot-6 Mercedes Russell, who averaged 9.9 points and 8.3 rebounds in her redshirt sophomore season after missing the previous campaign due to corrective surgery on both feet. She posted nine double-doubles in 2015-16, marking the third-highest total ever by a UT sophomore.
Lockwood also returns 6-2 Kortney Dunbar and welcomes 6-3 newcomers Cheridene Green, Schaquilla Nunn and Kamera Harris to the mix.
Prior to joining the Lady Vol staff, Lockwood held the position of men's head coach at Saginaw Valley State University (Michigan) from 1998-2004. The Bay City, Mich., native returned to the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference after serving a year as assistant coach at Central Michigan University.
Prior to his CMU stint, Lockwood held the men's head coaching position at Northwood University (Michigan) from 1991-97. While there, he led the team to its first back-to-back winning seasons in 15 years. After posting an 18-9 record and a second-place finish in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference North Division during the 1996-97 campaign, Lockwood was honored as the GLIAC Coach of the Year. In 1991-92, Lockwood directed the Northwood program in its transition from NAIA to NCAA Division II.
Additionally, in his capacity as a head coach at two different small-budget GLIAC programs from 1991-2004, he not only was successful in guiding both institutions into postseason play (one of only a handful of coaches to guide two schools in the GLIAC to postseason play), but he maintained a graduation rate of 80 percent during his tenure at both Saginaw Valley State and Northwood University.
From 1986-1991, Lockwood served as an assistant for the University of Tennessee men's basketball team under head coach Don DeVoe and later Wade Houston. During his tenure as an assistant, Volunteer teams went 77-75, posting three consecutive winning seasons, made a pair of National Invitational Tournament trips and had an NCAA Tournament bid in 1989 after an 18-9 regular season. In addition to his assistant coaching duties at Tennessee, Lockwood also served as a special assistant to the director of alumni programs from 1989-91.
In his role as an assistant coach in the men's game, Lockwood was heavily involved in player development through the years. He has coached seven NBA draft picks as well as one other player who saw action in the NBA.
Lockwood's first full-time coaching position was as men's assistant coach at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point from 1983-86. In 1984-85, he helped Army to its best record and only winning season since 1978. Lockwood cut his teeth in the coaching profession as a men's graduate assistant at Central Michigan in 1982-83.
In addition to his head and assistant coaching duties, Lockwood conducted coaching and playing clinics in Great Britain for eight years and was a consultant and clinician for the Welsh Basketball Association. He has also done coaching clinics in Poland. He has served as the summer camp director at Saginaw Valley State, Northwood and West Point, as well. For 12 summers Lockwood directed very successful shooting and offensive moves camps in Michigan. In previous summers, Lockwood has also spent time observing at Pete Newell's Big Man Camp and the NBA pre-draft camp in Chicago, Ill.
As a collegiate player, Lockwood was a four-year letterwinner at Spring Arbor College (Mich.), a three year starter at point guard, and a captain for two seasons. He helped lead the squad to a single-season school record in wins and was offered a contract to play professional basketball in the English Basketball Association.
Lockwood earned a bachelor's degree in secondary education from Spring Arbor in 1982, majoring in English and secondary education. He earned a master's degree in counseling and personal and student development from Central Michigan University in 1989.
On Oct. 19, 2008, Lockwood was inducted into the Bay County (Mich.) Sports Hall of Fame for his career accomplishments. He also was inducted into the Spring Arbor (Mich.) University Athletic Hall of Fame on Oct. 8, 2010.
Active in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes for many years, Lockwood has been a guest speaker at numerous coaching clinics, FCA functions and community events. As a lifelong runner, Lockwood has participated in numerous 5K, 10K and 20K races around the country. Additionally, he enjoys reading and traveling in his spare time.