Associate Athletic Trainer, Football
Mike Bean is an Associate Athletic Trainer at Notre Dame with primary responsibility of working with the Irish Football Team since 1995. After serving his initial year of 1990 as an intern, he was promoted to Assistant Athletic Trainer overseeing the health care of the Men’s Soccer and Baseball teams until his move to football in 1995. In addition to his sports coverage, Bean also has lead the Student Athletic Training Program at Notre Dame since 1995.
During his tenure at Notre Dame, Bean has also spent time assisting or directing health care of the Men’s and Women’s Tennis, Women’s Soccer, Men’s Ice Hockey, Men’s Lacrosse and Track and Field. Bean also has served on several athletic department committees including the Nutrition and Supplement Committee and the University Drug Testing Committee.
Nationally, he has served as a member of the McDavid Sports Medicine Advisory Council, the Big East Sports Medicine Society and the Atlantic Coast Conference Sports Medicine Society. In 2018, Bean served as the Athletic Trainer for the United States Baseball over 18 National Team. In 2006, Bean was awarded an Honorary Membership from the Notre Dame Monogram Club.
Bean is also the inventor of the revolutionary new ankle brace, the TayCo External Ankle Brace. Invented in 2013, Bean now has a patent and is a partner in TayCo LLC. Initially designed as an athletic brace, the appliance is now marketed nationally to people in every walk of life who need ankle support.
A native of Belle Fourche, South Dakota, Bean attended Black Hills State College and Missouri State University to receive his Bachelor’s Degree. He received his Master’s Degree from Western Michigan University in 1990 before taking the position at Notre Dame. In addition to his National Athletic Trainer Certification and Indiana Licensure, he is a Certified Orthopedic Brace Technologist.
He is married to the former Colleen Waldron of South Bend and they have two daughters; Taylor and Courtney