A native of Macon, Ga., Dean spent four years at UCF after transferring from Wofford College following his freshman year. As a Knight, Dean totaled 44 appearances in three seasons, while tallying 10 assists. In 2019 as a redshirt senior, he played every minute of a season that saw UCF make a run to the NCAA tournament, accumulating six assists in 20 caps. While at Wofford, Dean scored one goal while registering five assists, earning him All-SoCon Freshman Team honors. In his prep career, he was a two-year starter at Stratford Academy in Georgia, where he won regional and state championships in 2012 and 2013.