Ned Bishop has been a member of the Connecticut College track & field coaching staff for the past 32 years. He first served as the women’s head coach for thirteen years, followed by an eight-year stint as an assistant responsible for men’s and women’s distance events. Bishop then took the reins as head coach of both the men’s and women’s squads in October of 2006. In the ten years since that time, his athletes have broken 30 men’s and 34 women’s school records. Bishop has also coached the Camels’ highly successful women’s cross country program since the fall of 1985.
Camel track & field athletes have made regular appearances at recent NCAA Division III Championships, and Alex Samma (triple jump) won the program’s first-ever national title during the 2009 indoor season. Mike LeDuc became the squad’s first two-time national champion, as he won the 2013 and 2014 3000-meter steeplechase titles and ran the third-fastest time in Division III history. LeDuc was a nine-time All-American and also won the steeplechase at the 2014 Penn Relays. The Camels made their first appearance in an NCAA Championship relay during the 2014 indoor season as the women’s distance medley relay team captured 10th place. The men’s distance medley relay foursome earned a 9th place finish at the 2016 NCAA Indoor Championship, and Bella Franz competed at both the indoor (800m) and outdoor (1500m) championship meets last year. Ashley Curran qualified for her third consecutive NCAA Cross Country Championship this fall, and she has also previously competed at the indoor championship in the 5000 meters. Franz made her fifth career NCAA championship appearance as she joined Curran at the cross country national meet in November.
Bishop guided the Connecticut College women’s track & field squad to the 1989 New England Division III outdoor team title. His track & field athletes have earned 90 NCAA national qualifying marks over the years, and they have captured eleven All-America honors since 2009. He has also coached 45 NESCAC, ECAC and/or New England individual champions. Two of his former runners qualified for the 2004 Olympic Trials in the marathon.
Bishop graduated from Connecticut College in 1984 after a four-year cross country and track career. He served as the team captain and was named the Most Valuable Runner of the cross country team in his senior year. Bishop represents the New England region on the USTFCCCA Division III Cross Country Executive Committee.