J. R. BISHOP
Date of Birth: March 22, 1938 in Oakland City, IN
High School Attended: Princeton, IN Graduated: 1956
High School Honors: Captain football team 1955; All-Conference SIAC and All-State Honors 1955; led 1955 team in scoring, rushing, and passing as quarterback; named to All-Sectional, All-Regional, and All-Semi-State teams; starter on basketball team and Top 100 pick for Indiana All-Stars; 4-year baseball starter.
College Attended: Franklin College Graduated: 1961
College Honors: Captain of football team 1960; All-Conference 1960; Hoosier Gridiron State leading collegiate scorer and 5th in nation 1960; 1st Team All-American Academic Team 1960; received Will Nelp Award as Outstanding Senior Athlete; member of Blue Key; recognized in Who’s Who in America's Colleges.
Coaching Experience: Assistant coach one year at Franklin HS; head coach 7 years at Franklin HS, with a 36-24-3 record; 10 years head coach at Lawrence Central HS, with a 64-26 record; undefeated team 1974; 3 years head coach at Naperville Central HS, IL, with a 16-13 record; 14 years head coach at Wheaton College, IL, with an 84-43-1 record; undefeated team in 1995; 10 years assistant coach at Wheaton College, IL; in 25 years coaching at collegiate level, teams ranked in top 5 in the nation offensively.
Coaching Honors: Marion County Coach of the Year; CSAC Coach of the Year; CCIW Collegiate Coach of the Year; NCAA Division III Coach of the Year in 1995.
Outstanding Players Coached: Mark Findley, Franklin and IU; Ed Thompson, LCHS and Butler U; Ty Dickerson, LCHS and Notre Dame U; Tim Petty, LCHS and Ball State; Tom Petty, LCHS and Kentucky U; Sean Payton, NCHS, Eastern IL U, Assistant Coach Miami of Ohio, Assistant Coach Dallas Cowboys, Coach New Orleans Saints; son, Keith Bishop, NCHS and Wheaton College All-American; several other Small College All-Americans at Wheaton College.
Special Recognition: Indiana All-Star Game Coach; NCAA Division III All-American Game Coach; one of first coaches to stress the passing game in Indiana football; co-founder of the Bishop/Dullaghan Football Camps; charter member of Franklin College Hall of Fame; member of Wheaton College Hall of Honor.
Family: Wife, Janet; children, Cheryl and Keith.