|Title:||Head Track & Field Coach|
Ned Bishop has been a member of the Connecticut College track & field coaching staff for the past 28 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 six years since that time, his athletes have broken 24 men’s and 18 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 first freshman in program history to earn All-America honors in 2011, and he achieved repeat All-America status in the 3000-meter steeplechase last spring with his fourth-place finish at the national championship meet.
Bishop guided the Connecticut College women’s program to the 1989 New England Division III outdoor team title. His track & field athletes have earned 46 NCAA national qualifying marks, and eight of his cross country runners have advanced to national championship meets. He has coached 39 NESCAC, New England and ECAC 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 squad in his senior year. He ran the first leg on a school-record distance medley relay team and owns a personal best time of 15:47 for 5000 meters. Bishop recently completed a four-year term as a member of the NCAA Division III Track & Field and Cross Country Committee.