Ned Bishop has been a member of the Connecticut College track & field coaching staff for the past 31 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 took the reins as head coach of both the men’s and women’s squads in October of 2006. In the eight years since that time, his athletes have broken 28 men’s and 24 women’s school records. Bishop has also coached the 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 last spring, as he won his second straight 3000-meter steeplechase title with the third-fastest time in Division III history. LeDuc also earned All-America honors in both the 3000 meters and 5000 meters during the indoor season. Bella Franz advanced to the outdoor national championship in the 800 meters, and she teamed with Kim Bolick, Amanda Jacobsen and Caroline Leonard to finish in 10th place in the distance medley relay at the indoor national meet. Bolick also competed in the mile at the indoor championship the previous year.
Bishop guided the Connecticut College women’s program to the 1989 New England Division III outdoor team title. His track & field athletes have earned 64 NCAA national qualifying marks, and they have garnered eleven All-America honors during the past six years. He has coached 43 NESCAC, ECAC and New England individual champions and two of his former runners qualified for the 2004 Olympic Trials in the marathon.