***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 34 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 three consecutive NCAA Championship meets between 2014 and 2016, and Bella Franz '17, who joined Curran at the national cross country championship in 2016. 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 before returning to his original role as the women’s coach in 2018-19 when Luke Maher was chosen to pilot the men’s program.
Bishop guided the Connecticut College women’s team to the 1989 New England Division III outdoor team title. The women have recently been finishing among the top ten teams in both the indoor and outdoor New England Division III Championships and moved up to sixth place at the outdoor meet this past spring. The men's team also had multiple top-ten team finishes when Bishop took over the program.
Camel track & field athletes have made regular appearances at recent NCAA Division III Championships, and Alex Samma ’09 won the program’s first-ever national title during the 2009 indoor season by capturing first place in the triple jump. Mike LeDuc ‘14 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 ninth-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), Koko Mensah ’20 (shot put) Danny Aschale ’20 (5,000 meters), Ben Bosworth '17 (Mile, DMR), Connor Trapp '18 (DMR), Niall Williams '16 (DMR), Christian Whitaker '18 (DMR) and Shannon Kennedy ’19 (heptathlon) have all made NCAA Championship appearances in recent seasons.
Furthermore, Scott Mason '19 earned All-America honors in 2017 with his sixth-place finish in the steeplechase at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships and matched the feat by finishing fifth in the event in 2018.
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 represented the New England region on the USTFCCCA Division III Cross Country Executive Committee for 30 years, completing his term last December, and continues to serve in his role as the rankings coordinator for the New England Division III Coaches Association.