Jimmy Bean is in the midst of his third year as assistant coach for cross country and track & field at Washington, where he works directly with the men's distance runners and assists head coach Greg Metcalf with recruiting and administrative duties.
The men's cross country squad has posted Top-20 NCAA finishes in two of Bean's three years on the job, including an 18th-place finish in 2008. Prior to Bean's arrival, the Huskies had not placed in the Top-20 since 1993.
This past fall, Bean helped steer 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 at Washington in 2006 was one of the best-ever 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, showing Bean's ability to steadily recruit and develop talented new runners.
On the track in Bean's first season, senior Ryan Brown won the NCAA indoor title at 800 meters, and was third nationally outdoors. In addition, half-miler Austin Abbott placed fourth at the NCAA indoor meet, and UW's distance medley relay was fifth, paving the way for a best-ever seventh-place NCAA team finish.
The 2007 track season saw 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 led the cross country and track & field teams to four top-10 finishes at the NCAA Division-III Championships, 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.