Periodically, University of Southern Maine Director of Athletics Al Bean will pen his thoughts on current events, topics, ideas and people related to the field of athletics.
Al Bean is just the third person since 1955 to serve as the Director of Athletics at the University of Southern Maine. He began his four-decade long relationship with the institution first as a student-athlete as a member of the Huskies' baseball team. Bean then went on to serve as an assistant coach, sports information director, assistant athletic director and finally athletics director in 1993.
During his years at USM, Bean has been instrumental in the formation of the USM Athletic Association and the creation of the Husky Hall of Fame. He has helped lead numerous projects that have resulted in the construction of the Costello Field House, USM Ice Arena and most recently Hannaford Field - the Huskies first artificial exterior playing surface and home to the men's and women's soccer and lacrosse teams and the field hockey team.
An active member on numerous committees, Bean served a four-year term on the NCAA's Division III Management Council. Additionally, Bean has sat on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA), has served as the president of the National Association of Division III Athletic Administrators (NADIIIAA), been a member of the Board of Directors for the ECAC and served on its committee for Inclusive Sports. He has also served as the Conference Representative for the National Association of Athletic Development Directors (NAAD) and is a co-Chair on the USM First-Year Experience committee.