A native of Belle Fourche, South Dakota, he has been at Notre Dame since 1991 as a full-time member of the sports medicine staff after a one-year internship. During his tenure at Notre Dame, he also has served as the athletic trainer for the University’s baseball, women’s and men’s soccer, hockey and men’s and women’s tennis teams.
While obtaining his master’s degree in sports medicine at Western Michigan University, Bean served as the head athletic trainer at Kalamazoo College, as well as working as a part-time assistant athletic trainer at the Southwestern Michigan Sports Medicine Clinic. During his undergraduate days at Southwest Missouri State University (now Missouri State University), Bean was a student athletic trainer for the Bears’ football, baseball and volleyball teams. He also spent time at Evangel College in Springfield, Missouri, working with the school’s football and basketball squads.
Bean began his athletic training education at Black Hills State University in Spearfish, South Dakota, working with its football, basketball and wrestling programs. He received his bachelor’s degree in education from Southwest Missouri State in 1989. He also received an honorary monogram from the Notre Dame Monogram Club in 2006.
Bean is married to the former Colleen Waldron of South Bend, and they have two daughters: Taylor and Courtney.