Dabney comes to Tennessee State after two years at Southeast Missouri where he served as the team’s pitching and catching coach and worked with the slap hitters. He also served as the team’s recruiting coordinator as well as directed the conditioning program. He is the fourth coach of the Tiger softball program.
Dabney joined the staff at SEMO after serving as the head coach of North Florida Community College in Madison, Florida. His team featured nine all-conference players and one Athlete of the Week honoree. Dabney’s duties at NFCC included administering over every aspect of the softball program including recruiting, fundraising, conditioning and scouting.
Prior to coaching at NFCC, Dabney was an assistant coach the University of Florida in Gainesville, Fla. During his time at Florida, the team went 42-23, which was good enough to finish third in the Southeastern Conference and finished with a ranking of 16th nationally. The team also featured four All-SEC Selections, four All-SEC Freshman Team players, one SEC Player of the Year, three CoSIDA Academic All-District selections and three players signed to professional contracts.
As head coach at Neosho County Community College in Chanute, Kan., from 1998 to 2005, Dabney notched over 200 wins, averaging 35 a season. His accolades include a 5th place finish at the 2004 Junior College World Series, 2004 Region 6 Champions, 2004 Coach of the Year, 2003 Conference Champions, and back-to-back Academic National Champions in 2002 and 2003. Collectively his teams have encompassed ten All-Americans, 36 all-region selections, and 32 all-conference selections. Along with 54 Academic All-Americans, the team also received one Student Athlete of the Year and six Female Athlete of the Year awards.
Dabney graduated from Wichita State University with a degree in Sports Business and Administration.