The third person since 1955 to serve as the Director of Athletics at the University of Southern Maine, Al Bean has a four decade long relationship with the institution as a student-athlete, assistant coach, sports information director, assistant athletic director and athletic director. He became the permanent director of athletics in July 1995 after serving as interim director of athletics for two years.
A former teacher at Windham High School and a freelance sports writer, Bean began his professional association with USM in 1978 as an assistant baseball coach. He returned to his alma mater on a full-time basis in 1983 as the sports information director, and continued to serve as an assistant baseball coach at various times over the next decade.
Following the retirement of Dick Costello as director of athletics in 1990, Bean took on the added responsibilities of assistant athletic director under interim AD Paula Hodgdon. He succeeded Hodgdon in 1993 as interim AD. During his time as interim AD, he initiated an external review of the USM’s facilities and programs that resulted in the construction of a new field house, ice arena and soccer field.
During his years at USM, Bean has been instrumental in the formation of the USM Athletic Association, a support group that now includes over 500 members. He was involved in the creation of the Husky Hall of Fame and is a member of that distinguished body.
Formerly the commissioner of the Little East Conference, an eight-member, all-sports conference of which USM is a charter member, Bean also served as the conference’s first publicist for four years (1986-90).
In August 1997, Bean served a four-year term on the NCAA’s Division III Management Council. Among his committee assignments were the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, Administrative Review Committee, the Association-wide Committee on Playing and Practice Seasons and the National Youth Sports Program. Currently Bean sits on the NCAA Sports Wagering Task Force and is the chair of the New England Regional Baseball Committee. Bean is also the former chair of the Women’s Ice Hockey Committee. Also active within the community, Bean is a member of the Board of Directors for the Maine Children’s Cancer Program (MCCP) and the Jesse B-C Fund.
Bean and his wife, the former Robin Blattenberger, have three children and reside in Buxton, Maine. He received his undergraduate degree in education and history in 1977, and earned a master’s in education from USM in 1992.