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Record-Setting Athlete To Retire From SHS

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Finish Line: Retiring Coach Vincent Bean  stands in front of the school’s showcase filled with some of his years of awards for track, football and basketball when he was a high school student at Southfield High. Bean came back to teach at his alma mater.

Finish Line: Retiring Coach Vincent Bean stands in front of the school’s showcase filled with some of his years of awards for track, football and basketball when he was a high school student at Southfield High. Bean came back to teach at his alma mater.

Justin Black

Justin Black

Finish Line: Retiring Coach Vincent Bean stands in front of the school’s showcase filled with some of his years of awards for track, football and basketball when he was a high school student at Southfield High. Bean came back to teach at his alma mater.

After 30 years of teaching, Vincent Bean has finally reached the finish line of his career. The history teacher plans to retire in June.
On top of being an easy-going, fun-loving Health and history teacher, Bean is an award-winning Blue Jay athlete, coach and father. In fact, the history teacher is a key part of Southfield High School’s sports history.
Though Bean is humble about his sports accomplishments, he has many of them.
Bean graduated from Southfield High School in 1980. During his senior year he was all-state in football, basketball and track. He went on to play football and run track for the University of Michigan, in Ann Arbor. Yes, he was one of a small number of two-sport college athletes. He was that good.
In high school Bean did not really want to run track; he was interested in baseball, but track coach Tom Eschmann encouraged him to run. “I went from not wanting to run, to breaking the school record,” said the student athlete. In his day he was the Midwest long jump champ, with a leap of 24 feet and one inch. He still holds the school record in that event.
Track became Bean’s favorite sport, but he became a professional football player in the National Football League (NFL).
After college, the track star played football for the St. Louis Cardinals. “My favorite part about being in the NFL was the traveling,” Bean said. Being on the St. Louis Cardinals allowed Bean to travel all of over country. “San Diego was beautiful and a great place to fish,” recalled Bean.
After his glory year in the NFL , Bean came back to Southfield High in 1986 to work as a teacher and coach at his alma mater. In his first year of teaching, he worked as a Physical Education teacher as well as a coach of basketball, football and track.
“Being a student-athlete made me a better coach because everything the athletes were trying to do, I had been there. I can understand trying to get the test scores to match up with the skills,” said Coach Bean.
His former football coach, Cal Fletcher, is the person Bean said inspired him to coach. “I admired his work ethic and how he would set a standard and not deviate from that,” Bean said.
The history teacher has two children – Brandice and Brandon Bean. Older daughter Brandice attended Southfield-Lathrup High School. “I don’t think she wanted to come to a school where I taught,” said Bean.
But son Brandon, on the other hand, did choose to attend Southfield High and became an accomplished athlete,, following in his father’s footsteps. Brandon Bean played football for the Blue Jays and went on to play football for Grand Valley State University.
Even through all Coach Bean’s glory days at Southfield High School, the celebrated athlete said his overall favorite memory is going to his son’s football games at the same field where he once played and watching his son play in the boys varsity football Blue Jay uniform.
Over his 30-year teaching career, Bean went from teaching Physical Education to teaching Health, Sociology, Economics, World History, American History and Psychology.
“Mr. Bean is a great teacher and always makes sure his students understand their work,” said senior Chelsea Williams, who is enrolled in Bean’s Economics course.
As his teaching career ends, the Blue Jay legend said he will miss interacting with the students the most.
“Mr. Bean is a gentle giant,” said Principal Sonia Jackson. “His warm and kind spirit will be missed at Southfield High School.”
After retirement, Bean aims to spend most of his days fishing on Lake St. Clair. “I’ve met great teachers and great students here,” says Bean. “I am proud to be a Blue Jay.”
Although Bean will be leaving Southfield High School, he remains a permanent part of the school’s history.

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  1. Bob Alvord on March 23rd, 2016 8:14 pm

    When Vince Bean transferred from Romulus, he made a lot of us fellow Blue Jays very excited, and we were happy to welcome him to SHS! One of the best all around athletes I’ve ever met and an even better person! Enjoy retirement, Vinnie, and FISH-ON!!!??

  2. Ken mignone on March 23rd, 2016 8:21 pm

    Congratulations Vince! You are very much loved by the SHS community. God Bless you! If you are in Massachusetts, look me up. You have my email.
    Ken Mignone

  3. Woodrow Dawson on March 24th, 2016 1:21 am

    Congratulations Coach Vincent Bean. It was a pleasure, to have you come back to SHS. Your presence uplifted and encouraged us to excel on and off the field. It’s been great watching you have a successful career and push the students to achieve in life. I personally remember a lot of wisdom you bestowed on me, I truly am thankful. May God continue to Bless you and your family.

  4. Teka Richardson on March 24th, 2016 10:22 am

    I am going to miss Mr.Bean when he leaves! Fun teacher!

  5. Kyron on March 24th, 2016 10:30 am

    Awwww

  6. Alan Rabinowitz on March 24th, 2016 11:49 am

    I showed you the ropes when you moved in across the street. You know when I tried out for Varsity baskets as a junior you did not help my chances when you blocked my short jump shot into the next zip code. You were clearly the best athlete of our time at Southfield. so glad you left Romulus for us.

  7. Susie Fennelly on March 24th, 2016 4:38 pm

    Congratulations Vince on your retirement! You’re going to love it!! Enjoy!!

  8. Mrs Harris on March 25th, 2016 9:05 am

    Well, congratulations guy! Fish, watch out, here he comes! Retirement is a whole new world. To the best of the best at Southfield High, enjoy your new journey because you deserve it!

  9. Charles Hicks on March 26th, 2016 8:17 am

    It’s hard to believe that 30 years have passed. I was there when he started. I appreciate you, coach. Enjoy retirement.

  10. Mike Hopkins on March 27th, 2016 4:56 am

    Vinny,
    Sorry we couldn’t win you just a few more games.
    Wise move coming to us though. Hope you had a pleasant ride. You weren’t that heavy though, usually.
    You forgot Coach Pete M. Now that was our real teacher./coach.
    Good Luck in the future.
    Best
    Hoppy

  11. Sahara Ashford on April 6th, 2016 9:34 pm

    Mr. Bean was one of my favorite teachers and although I am sad to hear that he is leaving, I hope that he will be happy and fully enjoy the rest of his life.

  12. Armani mcgee on June 9th, 2016 3:09 pm

    Wow I would have never thought High had all of these amazing athletes.

  13. Raymond Buford Jr. on June 12th, 2016 6:04 pm

    This was one of my favorite teachers at Southfield hope he enjoys retirement.

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