|Title:||Head Track & Field Coach|
Ned Bishop has been a member of the Connecticut College track & field coaching staff for the past 29 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 seven years since that time, his athletes have broken 27 men’s and 22 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 second national champion last spring, as he won the 3000-meter steeplechase title with the sixth-fastest time in Division III history. LeDuc earned All-America honors in the 5000 meters during the indoor season, when Kim Bolick also advanced to the NCAA Division III Championship in the mile.
Bishop guided the Connecticut College women’s program to the 1989 New England Division III outdoor team title. His track & field athletes have earned 50 NCAA national qualifying marks, and eight of his cross country runners have advanced to national championship meets. He has coached 41 NESCAC, ECAC and New England individual champions and 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 Division III region on the USTFCCCA Cross Country Executive Committee.