Huskies Name Bean Assistant Track/Cross Country Coach

Sept. 18, 2006

SEATTLE - Former Willamette University cross country coach Jimmy Bean has been hired to coach men's distance runners at the University of Washington, Huskies' head track and field/cross country coach Greg Metcalf announced Monday.

The 26-year-old Bean will work directly with Washington's men's distance runners, and will assist Metcalf with recruiting and administrative duties.

'Jimmy has everything we were looking for in an assistant coach,' says Metcalf. 'At Willamette, he's been involved with recruiting and coaching some of the top athletes in the entire country, and has been responsible for running some of the Northwest's biggest track and cross country meets. Most importantly, though, he fit in really well with our coaching staff - he has a terrific amount of energy and enthusiasm, and is going to do a great job at Washington.'

Bean comes to Seattle from Willamette University, where he spent the previous two years as the head assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for the Bearcats' track and field and cross country teams. While at Willamette, Bean helped the Willamette men to a fifth-place finish at the 2005 NCAA Division-III Cross Country Championships, and tutored Bearcats' runner Nick Symmonds to an unprecented seven NCAA championships. With support from Bean, Symmonds ran presonal bests of 1:45.83 for 800 meters and 3:40.91 for 1,500 meters, and was the second-place finisher in the 800 at the 2006 USATF Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

A 2002 graduate of Greenville (Ill.) College, Bean was an All-Midwest Region honoree in cross country and led Greenville to four cross country conference titles and two National Christian College titles in track and field. After earning his bachelor's degree from Greenville with a double-major in sociology and recreational leadership, he went on to pursue a master's degree at the University of Iowa, where he also worked as a graduate assistant for two years before accepting the position at Willamette.

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