The Division 2 Athletics Directors Association (D2 ADA) has announced that Central Washington University Athletic Director Jack Bishop is among two recipients of the 2013 D2 ADA Lifetime Achievement Award, the most prestigious award presented by the association.
The award recognizes athletics directors who, over the course of his or her career, have made an exemplary contribution to Division II athletics and the student-athlete experience. To be eligible, nominees must be at least 60 years old, or have spent at least 25 years in collegiate athletics, with a majority of those years as an athletic director. The honoree may be currently employed in the profession or retired.
Bishop, who has spent the last 13 years at the CWU helm, was quick to share the credit for his most recent honor. He was also inducted into the Utah Sports Hall of Fame last year.
"I'm extremely proud and humbled by this award," Bishop said. "The timing of such an award as you retire is a great way to go out. All awards of this nature are a tribute to the great colleagues and student-athletes that I've been able to work with over the course of my career."
Bishop has announced that we will retire from CWU at the end of the current academic year.
CWU President James L. Gaudino said, “When I was selected for the NCAA Division II President’s Council, it became very clear to me that I was selected because of Central and the outstanding intercollegiate athletic program we operate here. Jack gets a lot of credit for that."
Gaudino also credited Bishop for completing CWU’s move from the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics to NCAA Division II status during extremely challenging economic times.
“Jack has always done an amazing amount with less money than most other programs have been given,” Gaudino said. “If you look at our win-loss record across all the sports, we do better per dollar than any other program in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC), bar none."
Bishop has served in many capacities for the GNAC, including as chair of the management council and finance committee; as task force chair on the NCAA Division II Football Championships Committee—where he championed Division II football in the western United States; and as a representative to the Division 2 ADA Board of Directors.
Throughout his CWU tenure, he has facilitated upgrades to the Wildcat athletic facilities and spearheaded the development of conference tournaments to enhance post-season opportunities for student-athletes.
Before coming to CWU, Bishop was the athletic director at Southern Utah University (SUU). A graduate of SUU, he remains the winningest football coach in the history of his alma mater.
The D2 ADA provides educational and networking opportunities, enhancement of acceptable operating standards and ethics, and establishment of the overall prestige and understanding of the profession of Division II athletics directors.