Bear River’s Bean topic of discussion at school board meeting |

Bear River’s Bean topic of discussion at school board meeting

Nearly 40 supporters of Bear River High School activities director and junior varsity football coach Chris Bean expressed their desire to keep him on campus during a school board meeting Wednesday night.

Bean, a highly successful JV football coach at Bear River, has applied for the varsity head coaching position at Lincoln High School, sparking a wildfire of support from the parents of former and current Bruin students to keep him at Bear River.

Several people spoke to the board of trustees Wednesday, citing the many accomplishments Bean has had on and off the field, and their desire to keep him in the community.

"I am a businessman in the community and if I had an employee like Chris Bean I wouldn't let him go," Brian Hollister said. "We hope Bear River can find a solution that works for everybody."

While the majority of the meeting offered glowing recommendations for Bean, some attendees took their public commentary time at the podium to complain about the varsity coaching staff.

"Something is majorly wrong with the Bear River varsity program and a change is needed," said Patrick Simpson, who coaches within the  Junior Bruin coach.

That's an opinion with which Bear River Athletic Director Duwaine Ganskie disagrees. Ganskie said he supports and is glad to have Bean at Bear River, but noted the varsity head coaching position simply isn't open.

"We love Chris Bean, and would love to keep him," Ganskie said.

"We have head coaches in place and we totally support them. They have been here a long time and (have) done a great job."

Terry Logue and Scott Savoie, co-head coaches for the Bear River varsity football team, have been for since 2004. Logue was the lone head coach for the Bruins from 1987-2001, then took a two year break from Bear River. That's when Savoie took over.

In 2004, Logue returned and the two have shared the duties ever since. As co-head coaches, they have never had a losing season.

Bean confirmed Thursday that he has applied for the Lincoln job, and vehemently expressed his displeasure over such criticism of his fellow Bear River football coaches.

"I am not asking for this and wasn't involved in any of it," Bean said of the public meeting outpouring.

"All I have done is applied for the opportunity at Lincoln. The fact is I simply looked at another possibility to further my career for me and my family."

Bean went on to speak highly of both Logue and Savoie.

"Those guys have done great things for this school," Bean said. "I have learned a ton from them. This isn't about them."

The show of support for Bean was not an agenda item at the meeting, limiting discussion on the topic to public commentary and no response from board members.

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