***Women's Recruiting Coordinator***
Event Groups: Women's Middle Distance, Women's Long Distance
Ned Bishop has been a member of the Connecticut College cross country and track & field coaching staff for the past 32 years.
He has led the women's cross country squad to consistent success in New England Division III competition, as the Camels have defeated over 70 percent of their opponents in dual and invitational meets during Bishop’s tenure. They have annually vied for a spot among the top ten teams in the region and have been ranked among the nation’s top 35 Division III teams during four different seasons. The program has produced several individual NCAA qualifiers including Ashley Curran ’17, who advanced to the last three consecutive NCAA Championship meets, and Bella Franz '17, who joined Curran last fall to make her first trip to the national cross country meet. Two former Camel All-Americans, Katie McGee ’95 and Maura Danahy ’02, went on to qualify for the 2004 U.S. Olympic Trials in the marathon after their Connecticut College careers were complete.
In track & field, Bishop 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. Bishop guided the Connecticut College women’s team to the 1989 New England Division III outdoor team title, and the women finished among the top ten teams in both the indoor and outdoor New England Division III Championships a year ago. The men's team has also had multiple top ten team finishes since Bishop took over the program.
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 followed that up with a 9th place finish at the 2016 NCAA Indoor Championship. Ashley Curran '17 (5000 meters), Bella Franz '17 (800 meters, 1500 meters, mile, DMR), Amanda Jacobsen '17 (DMR), Caroline Leonard '16 (DMR), Ben Bosworth '17 (Mile, DMR), Connor Trapp '18 (DMR), Niall Williams '16 (DMR) and Christian Whitaker '18 (DMR) have all made NCAA Championship appearances in recent seasons. Scott Mason '19 earned All-America honors last spring with his sixth-place finish in the steeplechase at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Championship.
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.