Written by Corbett Smith
After 40 years of coaching, Lincoln's Leonard Bishop retires
Lincoln boys basketball coach Leonard Bishop has retired.
The 62-year-old Bishop coached for 40 years, the final 31 years in Dallas ISD. He was the coach at Lincoln since 1999, coming from Seagoville.
Bishop went to the UIL state tournament three times in four seasons from 2001 to 2004, winning the 2002 Class 4A title behind future NBA star Chris Bosh. Bishop also coached current Oklahoma State forward Le’Bryan Nash, SportsDay’s player of the year in 2011.
Bishop said he contemplated sticking around for another season. With twins Erick and Derrick Neal returning for their senior seasons, Lincoln should be poised to contend for another trip to the state tournament.
“When you’ve been with a group of kids since they’ve been sophomores, like the twins, it’s tough,” Bishop said. “We’ve got some really good kids coming back, and that made me think about it. But it’s the right time.”
After Lincoln’s 40-0 season in 2002, Bishop was named USA Today’s national high school coach of the year and the Black Coaches Association’s national high school coach of the year.
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