Bishop returns to city to start girls program Ex-Western coach wants to blend sport, academics

July 02, 1998|By Kevin Eck | Kevin Eck,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Former Western High School basketball coach Breezy Bishop has resigned as an assistant coach at North Carolina State after one season for the opportunity to start a program here for girls that combines basketball with academics.

The Breezy Bishop Academic Basketball Academy will concentrate on 10- to 14-year-old girls with a tentative starting date of October. Bishop declined to give specifics about the academy, saying only that she is looking for financing and housing.

"It's a dream that I've always had," said Bishop, 62. "I consider myself a trouble-shooter, and right now, the trouble is at the middle-school age. A lot of middle-school kids don't even make it to high school. I want to roll up my sleeves and help the young kids in the city of Baltimore."

As an assistant to coach Kay Yow, Bishop was part of the coaching staff that helped N.C. State make its first NCAA Final Four appearance last March. One of Bishop's main duties with the Wolfpack was to work closely with the seniors, which included All-American Chasity Melvin.

"Kay gave me free reign to do what I do best -- mentor and nurture," Bishop said. "There was an agreement between us that I'd stay as long as I felt there was a need. When I saw those four seniors receive their degrees, I knew my task was over."

Bishop had built Western into a national power, compiling a 411-39 record and winning two state championships and 15 Baltimore City titles in two stints at the school (1969-79, 1983-97). Before coaching at Western, Bishop's teams at Douglass went 13-1, giving her a 424-40 career high-school coaching record.

She was The Sun's Coach of the Year in 1984, 1985, 1989 and 1990 and the Converse National Coach of the Year in 1995.

Bishop, who left Western to coach at Towson State University from 1979 to 1983, has an overall record of 602-127, including high school, college and Amateur Athletic Union teams.

Pub Date: 7/02/98

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