| Ellen Dean
St. Mary's H.S.
"Ellen is fully recovered from her broken leg and at this stage would definitely be in line to compete for the starting role in goal. She has worked tirelessly this spring to deepen her fitness level and surpass where she was prior to the injury. As a fifth-year senior, Ellen will take on a tremendous leadership role, on and off the field."
Missed the entire year due to a broken left leg sustained at a preseason tournament in late May…
Put together a season in which she set career highs in a variety of goalkeeping categories…Ranked third in the Southeastern Conference with 97 saves, a new single-season high for the program…Matched her own school-best of 11 victories and notched solo shutouts of Radford, South Carolina and Mississippi…Lowered her goals against average to 1.46 to rate second all-time at UT and increased her save percentage to .795…Made four saves in the first half against #1 North Carolina, helping the Lady Vols to a 1-1 stalemate at the break…Finished with seven saves on the afternoon…Backstopped her squad to a 2-1 decision over James Madison with several crucial saves late in regulation…Was issued a red card with 2:22 remaining in the championship of the First Tennessee Bank Classic against Xavier, causing her to miss the SEC opener at Florida…Rebounded from missed start to blank South Carolina, 3-0…Came through with nine stops in a 3-1 triumph over Arkansas…Improved to a perfect 3-0 in league play with seven stops in the overtime win over Vanderbilt…Coming off the bench, she recorded six saves over the final 45 minutes as UT turned a 1-0 deficit into a 3-2 upset of #15 Kentucky on Oct. 15…Rebounded from 1-0 setback to Mississippi State to hold Mississippi scoreless two days later with a season-high 11 saves…Credited with 10 stops in 4-3 overtime decision over Georgia…
Again shouldered the responsibility as UT's first-string keeper…Had a tremendous start to the season, making nine saves against top-ranked and eventual national champion UNC…Became second Lady Vol to be selected to Soccer America's "Team of the Week" after posting victories over Auburn and #16 Alabama in mid-September to help the Lady Vols start a perfect 2-0 in SEC play for the first time…Thwarted a penalty kick by the Crimson Tide's Tiffany Carle and then blocked the follow-up attempt to help preserve UT's 3-1 win…Recorded a career-high 12 saves in setback at Vanderbilt…Notched solo shutout by making nine saves against San Francisco, but the match ended in a scoreless tie…Reeled off four straight victories, including three in SEC action, to close the month of October…Made six stops in the second half of a 4-2 triumph over South Carolina, helped UT to thrilling 2-1 overtime conquest at Mississippi, had two saves in 2-1 edging of Mississippi State and then played the first half of the 5-0 shutout of Radford in Knoxville…
Assumed the starting role by UT's fifth game and responded well to the challenge…Compiled an 11-5 record with a 1.62 GAA and was credited with 5.3 shutouts…Saw time in 18 matches and started 16…Had a 5-2 mark as the Lady Vols posted a winning league record for the first time…Made seven saves in initial career start, a thrilling 3-2 overtime triumph at South Carolina…Notched consecutive blankings of Xavier, Arkansas and LSU…Credited with five stops in driving rainstorm at Radford and kept the Highlanders off the scoreboard in a 4-0 UT win…Limited eighth-ranked Vanderbilt to one goal in heart-breaking 1-0 defeat…Shared shutouts of East Tennessee State, Mississippi State and Louisville…
Dean was a standout at St. Mary's High School, earning All-Metro Best of the Preps accolades all four campaigns…Guided her squad to the regional title as a senior…Helped her team win the 1995 and 1996 district championships…A four-year letterwinner, she captained the squad during her final three seasons…Also gained extensive club experience with the Music City Lady Sting, which won the Tennessee state championship from 1995 to 1998…Anchored the Lady Sting to Region III semifinal apparances from '96-'98…Participated with the Olympic Development Program from '93 to '97…
Majoring in microbiology...Three-time Academic All-SEC selection…Volunteered with Habitat for Humanity and served as a tutor for the Young Women Striving for Excellence organization…Cites Richard Bute, the coaching director and goalkeeper coach for the Memphis Football Club, as biggest sports influence, since he taught her how to work hard and persevere…Has four brothers, Philip, 23, Tim, 18, Matthew, 15, and Denis, 14…Also has a pair of sisters, Sarah, 20, and Tanya, 13...Ellen Mary Dean was born Feb. 24, 1980, in Washington, D.C...Her parents are Patrick and Mary Dean.
|2001||Injured - Out for Season |
If you were going to be on Survivor, what three luxury items would you bring?|
A razor, set of encyclopedias and any kind of ball
One word or phrase to describe 2002 Lady Vols:
What do you like most about being a Lady Vol soccer player?
The passion and the will to win that the coaches and my teammates bring to every practice and match
Teammate who will be the biggest surprise this season:
Tara Minnax - her injuries have masked her true talent in the past
|Actor:||Freddie Prinze, Jr.|
|Sports Team:||U.S. Postal Cycling|
|Pro Athlete:||Lance Armstrong|
|Pig-Out Food:||Taco Bell or Mexican food|
|Spot on Campus:||Neyland Stadium when no one is there|
|Prized Possession:||My road bike |
|Vacation Destination:||Las Vegas…then recovery time in Ireland|
|Soccer Player:||Oliver Kahn|
|Pump-Up Song:||Anything by Aerosmith or Limp Bizkit|
|Stores:||The Bike Zoo and Fresh Market|