Bob Beeman, who has been
athletic director at Hamline University for the past four years, announced
today he will be leaving the school at the end of the academic year.
Beeman will become the
athletic director at The Kinkaid School in Houston, Texas. Kinkaid is the
oldest co-educational school in Houston, serving 1500 students in grades K-12.
“I have family in Houston and
am looking forward to being closer to them while staying involved in
athletics,” Beeman said. “At the same time, it will be hard to leave here. What
I will miss the most is the relationships with our coaches and athletes.
“The coaching and support
staff here is, top-to-bottom, the most dedicated and hard working group I’ve
had the pleasure of working with in the 30 years I’ve been involved in
athletics. And, the interaction I’ve been afforded with our student-athletes
has been the most gratifying I’ve experienced during that same time frame.”
During Beeman’s tenure,
Hamline recorded a men’s hockey title and earned its first ever NCAA tournament
victory last year. The baseball team won the MIAC postseason tournament and
claimed its first NCAA tournament victory as well in 2011. The Pipers have also
won three consecutive Men’s Cross Country Championships and appeared in the
MIAC postseason tournaments in men’s and women’s basketball and softball.
In addition, the school
honored 10 members from its glorious basketball past with a “Row Of Honor” that
now adorns part of Hutton Arena. Beeman
also oversaw a major renovation of Hutton, once a site of NBA games and the
second oldest basketball arena in the state.
The school will be accepting
applications for the position through February 24
Hamline University belongs to the NCAA Division III Minnesota Intercollegiate
Athletic Conference, one of the most competitive conferences in the nation.
Hamline supports 19 intercollegiate athletic teams for men and women.
Creativity and innovation in
teaching and learning are the hallmark of Hamline University—home to
nearly 5,000 undergraduate, graduate, and law students. At Hamline,
students collaborate with professors invested in their success. They are
challenged in and out of the classroom to create and apply knowledge in local
and global contexts, while cultivating an ethic of civic responsibility, social
justice, and inclusive leadership and service.
Hamline is the top-ranked and
only “Great Schools, Great Prices” university of its class in Minnesota,
according to U.S. News & World Report.
Founded in 1854, Hamline also is Minnesota’s first university and among the
first coeducational institutions in the nation.