Alma Mater: Southern Utah, 1970
Jack Bishop is in his twelfth year as director of athletics at Central Washington University in 2011-12. Before arriving in Ellensburg in 2000, Bishop served as director of athletics at his alma mater of Southern Utah University.
Since coming to CWU, Bishop has served on the NCAA Division II Football Championships Committee and is currently the Great Northwest Athletic Conference representative on the D2 Athletic Directors Association. Among the on-campus accomplishments during his tenure, he has been an instrumental part in a four-phase, $13.2 million facility renovation project to Nicholson Pavilion. Wildcat athletic teams have also posted a composite winning percentage of .500 or better in eight of Bishop’s 11 years as athletic director, qualifying for the NCAA Division II postseason in football, volleyball, men’s basketball, women’s basketball, and softball during that time.
The winningest coach in Southern Utah football history, Bishop oversaw the advancement of the athletic program from NAIA to NCAA Division II and on to SUU’s present classification at the NCAA Division I-Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) level. He served on the Division I-AA Executive Committee and on the American Football Coaches Association Rules Committee, is a past chairman of the All-America Selection Committee, and his veer option offensive philosophy has been published in the AFCA’s summer manual.
From 1969-76, Bishop was one of Utah’s most successful high school football, wrestling and track coaches. His Cedar High School football team was regional champion in 1976. He coached two CHS teams to state track titles and won one state wrestling championship at Heber City’s Wasatch High. Bishop also coached at Hurricane and Panguitch high schools.
Bishop participated in football and rodeo at both Ricks College and Southern Utah before receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in zoology in 1970. He later completed a Master of Science degree at Utah State in 1980.
An active participant in rodeo, the 64-year-old Bishop (born July 22, 1947) has been married to wife Carol for 41 years. The couple lives in Ellensburg, Wash., and has three children -- son Ryan (38), daughter Jacqueline (34), and son Brock (27).