Jimmy Bean is in the midst of his third year as assistant coach for cross country and track & field at Washington, where he aids Head Coach Greg Metcalf with the men's distance runners and assists with recruiting and administrative duties.
Bean is a valuable resource for Metcalf, handling many recruiting responsibilities for the men's distance runners and organizing Washington's home track and field and cross country meets. Bean is the meet director for UW's indoor track meets at the Dempsey Indoor, which has become one of the premiere destinations for top track teams around the country, and routinely attracts over 1,000 athletes per meet.
Washington's distance runners have enjoyed tremendous success with Bean on board over the past three seasons. For starters, the Husky men's cross country squad finished in the Top-20 at the NCAA Championships in 2006 and 2008.
This past fall, Bean helped coach the Huskies to the NCAA Championships, where they placed 18th despite the team's No. 1 runner, Jeremy Mineau, being unable to compete on race day. Washington was one of just three teams to make NCAA's that did not receive a single vote in the preseason poll.
Bean's first year on Metcalf's staff in 2006 coincided with one of the best-ever seasons for UW's men's distance program. The Huskies' cross country squad earned a 12th-place NCAA finish -- its best since 1993 and third-best all-time. By 2008, the Huskies had an entirely new top-five at NCAA's, thanks in part to Bean's ability to steadily recruit talented new runners.
The 2008 track season was another memorable year for the men. Veterans Austin Abbott and Carl Moe continue to improve and garner All-American honors. Abbott placed seventh in the 800m for his first NCAA Outdoor All-American honor, and Moe finished 8th in the steeplechase in the fifth-best time in school history. Jake Schmitt reached his first NCAA meet last year as well, finishing 21st in the 10,000-meters.
Bean first demonstrated his coaching acumen at Oregon's Willamette University, where he assisted coach Matt McGuirk. The cross country and track & field teams earned a combined four top-10 finishes at the NCAA Division-III Championships with Bean on staff, including a fourth-place finish for the Willamette men in 2005.
In addition, Bean assisted in coaching Willamette runner and 2008 U.S. Olympian Nick Symmonds to an unprecedented seven national championships in the 800- and 1,500-meter runs.
Bean has also worked as a graduate assistant with the cross country and track and field teams at the University of Iowa, where he pursued a master's degree in athletic administration. Bean primarily assisted in coordinating the Hawkeyes' recruiting efforts and assisted coach Larry Wieczorek with the men's distance squad.
Bean attended Greenville College in Greenville, Ill., earning a bachelor's degree in 2002 with a double-major in sociology and recreational leadership. While at Greenville, Bean competed in both the cross country and track and field, earning All-Midwest Region honors in cross country and helping Greenville to four cross country conference championships, and two National Christian College championships in track and field.