Jim Bishop Profile
Probably the greatest coach to ever grace the sport of lacrosse, Jim Bishop's involvement spanned some 58 years. His coaching career began in 1946 and from then to 1998 he coached, taught, organized and managed lacrosse teams at every level and age group. Forever linked with the memory of Jim Bishop is the name Green Gaels which he established when he began coaching in minor Lacrosse in Toronto in 1946. The Green Gaels name followed him throughout his storied career.
In 1957 Jim founded the Huntsville Minor Lacrosse Association. He coached every team from novice to intermediate and won eighteen Ontario championships over five years.
The first Junior 'A' Green Gaels teams played in Oakville, Newmarket and Mimico (1953-1955). In 1962 Jim Bishop established the Oshawa Green Gaels juvenile team and in 1963 he took that franchise into the Junior 'A' league and proceeded to win seven consecutive Minto Cups, a feat that is likely never to be duplicated.
Jim helped create the National Lacrosse League (1968) and coached the Detroit Olympics franchise. Unfortunately the NLL lasted only one year. In 1970 and 1971 he coached another legendary team, the Windsor Warlocks, to consecutive Presidents Cup (Senior) national championships. In 1972 he coached the Warlocks in the Major Lacrosse League.
In 1974 he began a second attempt with professional lacrosse as one of the key people in the National Lacrosse League. Jim was the coach and General Manager of the Toronto Tomahawks. In 1975, when the Toronto team moved to Boston, Jim joined the Montreal franchise as the coach of the Quebecois. The second NLL ceased operations after the 1975 season.
From 1976 to 1978 Jim returned to his first love as the coach of the Oshawa Green Gaels in Junior 'A' Lacrosse. He stepped down as coach following the 1978 season to take on a national challenge to develop the sport as the first Technical Director of the Canadian Lacrosse Association.
In 1989 the urge to pass along his knowledge again took hold and Jim returned to coaching in the Whitby minor system. In addition to coaching the athletes, Jim became a mentor to all the coaches in the Whitby system, helping build a strong and successful organization. In 1989 he began coaching a group of youngsters at the novice level. He continued with that group of kids through 1994, and won Ontario Championships at the 'A' level in Novice, Peewee, Bantam and Midget.
In 1995 Jim returned to the Junior 'A' league, this time as the coach of the Whitby Warriors, a team which featured many of the kids he had brought up through the minor system. In 1997 he affirmed his mastery of the game by coaching his 8th Minto Cup championship team, the Whitby Warriors.
Jim Bishop's career in coaching, managing and developing Lacrosse covered 53 years. In that time he touched the lives of thousands of young Canadians, sharing with them a unique part of their Canadian culture and always leaving them with their own special "Bish" story to tell their kids and the athletes that they in turn coach.