Paul Bishop Inducted Into NJCAA Women's Basketball Hall of Fame
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FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Wednesday, January 28, 2004
Former Hudson Valley Community College head women's basketball coach Paul Bishop was inducted into the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Women's Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame on Monday, March 15 in Salina, Kansas, at a banquet held in conjunction with the NJCAA women's basketball championship tournament.
"I almost hit the ceiling when I got the call from the national office," Bishop said. "It made me think about all of the men and women who helped get women's athletics started in Region III. Without them, we would not have what we have today."
From 1971 to 1999, Bishop was 358-197 as the head coach of the Hudson Valley women's basketball team. He led the Lady Vikings to four Mountain Valley Conference titles, three Region III championships, and the 1992-93 NJCAA national championship. He was named NJCAA Coach of the Year following the 1992-93 season.
Bishop, of Troy, also coached the college's volleyball team from 1971 to 1988, posting a 276-153-4 record. His volleyball teams won four conference titles and one regional championship.
"Coaching at Hudson Valley was a beautiful period in my life," Bishop said. "I have a lot of respect for all of the kids that I've coached, and I still hear from a lot of them today."
Bishop's 634 wins are more than any other coach in Hudson Valley history. The Hudson Valley Coach of the Year Award is named after Bishop, who was inducted into the Hudson Valley Athletic Hall of Fame in 2003.
"The first name that comes to mind for many people when they think of athletics at Hudson Valley is Paul Bishop," Hudson Valley Director of Athletics Drew Marrochello said. "Not only were his teams highly successful, he positively influenced the lives of hundreds of student-athletes that came through the Hudson Valley program."
The NJCAA Women's Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame was established in 1998. There currently are 18 members of the hall of fame including current Houston Comets forward Sheryl Swoopes.
Bishop is the first person from a Region III school to be inducted into the NJCAA Women's Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame. Region III is comprised of 29 two-year colleges located primarily in upstate New York.
Also being inducted with Bishop are Lorene Ramsey, who coached Illinois Central College to five national championships, and Lucille Wood, who gave 42 years of service to women's basketball, beginning her career at Copiah-Lincoln Community College (MS) in 1953 before moving on to East Central Community College (MS).
Hudson Valley Community College, located in Troy, offers more than 50 degree and certificate programs in four academic divisions: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Science; and Liberal Arts and Sciences; and an Educational Opportunity Center for academic and career training. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 11,000 students each year, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training.