Bear River’s Chris Bean confirmed Thursday night that he will be leaving the Bruins at the end of the 2013-14 school year to take over the Lincoln High School football varsity program.
“It’s going to be tough,” Bean said of leaving Bear River. “Bear River has been home for me for 14 years. I couldn’t have asked for better kids, mentors or coaching staff. It’s going to be really challenging.”
Bean was the Bruins’ junior varsity coach last season, leading Bear River to a 9-1 record and a Pioneer Valley League JV title. Since 2010, Bean junior varsity record is 35-4-1.
“It’s going to be hard,” he said. “These are some wonderful people, a wonderful community. But, this the end of one chapter in my life and the opening of another. I’m excited about the future for me and my family.”
With the move to Lincoln, Bean will remain in the PVL where his Fighting Zebras will link up with Bear River at some point during the season.
“Oh, man will that be tough,” he said. “I think we meet up week 10, and that will definitely be tough.”
The Fighting Zebra’s made the playoffs last season, going 7-4 overall, including a 42-7 thrashing of Bear River. Lincoln was bounced in the first round of the playoffs by Inderkum.
Bean said the Zebra’s graduated a lot of talent, but are one of those programs that seems to reload quickly.
“They graduated a lot of great athletes,” he said. “But, there is a ton of potential.”
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