All-Star Instructor and Coach
Mr. Bean spent 34 years at Finneytown. He began in 1963 as an instructor in Social Studies, then teaching American History, Comparative Political Systems, Urban Geography, Non-Western Studies, Consumer Electronics Education, American Government and Contemporary issues. He was the chairperson of the department from 1972 until 1976. From 1988 through 1993, he was Director of Attendance at the high school. In 1993, Mr. Bean moved on to serve as the District’s Director of Custodial Services until 1997.
Also, in 1963 he served as an assistant coach in Football and Track. He was a part of appearances in the state finals and two state championships in Soccer. He served as the first Women’s Head Soccer coach in Finneytown's history and served as Head Wrestling Coach for 25 years. He was the only wrestling coach in Ohio to have led contestants to the State Tournament in all three divisions. He introduced computerization to statistics and tournament management. He is a member of the Southwest Ohio Wrestling Coaches Association Hall of Fame and was that organization’s Coach of the Year in 1981. Coach Bean was named to the Ohio High School Wrestling Coaches Hall of Fame in 2014.
As Athletic Director from 1988-1993 and from 1997-1998, he managed the total interscholastic athletic program which involved over 300 student-athletes, 50 coaches, and budgets for the entire program. He created manuals for coaches and athletes, established department objectives and standards, as well as worked with the Athletic Boosters to establish goals, fund raising and awards programs. He was a certified instructor for the National Federation of Coaches program for coach’s certification.
Mr. Bean graduated from Miami University with a Bachelor of Education in Social Studies. He received his Master of Education and Non-western Philo-religions from Xavier University, was named a Bicentennial Fellow at University of Cincinnati and worked in the Netherlands in 1985 as a Fulbright Fellow.
Mr. Bean has been a member of the Ohio Education Association, National Education Association, Ohio Association of Interscholastic Athletic Adminsitrators, Ohio Wrestling Coaches Association, and Southwestern Ohio Wrestling Coaches Association.
He volunteers with for Waycross Community Media as a sports announcer and was also a member of the Community Programming Board for Waycross Community Media.
Mr. Bean has co-published Ohio History, An Investigation and authored It’s in the Bag (U.S. Wrestling News) and The Fishing File as well as various articles for local and state teacher publications.