Bean’s Bearings

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. 


Article 17

June 3, 2020 Spring Academic Achievement & the Return to Play Planning

Article 16

April 11, 2020 Notes from AD Al Bean 

Article 15

February 24, 2020 Honoring Joey Bouchard
Article 14 January 5, 2020 Winter Season Underway with Outstanding Performances and Events
Article 13 November 25, 2019 Huskies Wrap Up a Great Fall, and Dive into Winter
Article 12 October 15, 2019 Huskies' 2019-2020 is Underway! 
Article 11 January 2, 2018 First Semester Wrap Up and 2019
Article 10 September 11, 2018 The Beginning of the 2018-2019 Academic Year
Article 9 August 24, 2018 Wrapping Up the Husky Golf Classic
Article 8 April 4, 2018 D3Week: The History of USM Student-Athlete Success From Competition to Career
Article 7 October 8, 2017 Civility
Article 6 September 2, 2017 The Start of the 2017-2018 Season
Article 5 April 3, 2017 D3Week: From Standout Student-Athletes to Standout Professionals - USM Alums
Article 4 January 12, 2017 50th Anniversary of Women’s Sports
Article 3 February 17, 2015

Tournaments & Trips Enhance the Student-Athlete Experience

Article 2 January 26, 2015

NADIIIAA and Josten’s Honor USM Athletics and SAAC for the Eighth Time

Article 1 December 9, 2014

Huskies' Athletics' Full Potential Pilot Program Will Debut in January