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Texas Black Sports Hall of Fame Inductee

Texas Black Sports Hall of Fame Inductee

Coach leonard e. bishop

Leonard attended High School in Matthews, Missouri, where he was a sharp shooting point guard who guided his team to a 64-3 his junior and senior year combined, along with winning the State Championship in his senior year.  He was named All state and was an All American nominee his senior year and his High School Jersey #11 was retired.  

After leaving high school Leonard attended and played at Three Rivers Junior College, guiding the Raiders to their first national tournament finishing ranked 4th nationally.  He finished his under-graduate degree at Southeast Missouri State University where he was named All Conference his junior and senior year and graduated with a major in physical education and minor in biology.  He also has a Masters in counseling and is a Certified Personal Trainer from the Cooper Institute in Dallas, Texas.

Leonard signed his first coaching contract nine weeks before graduating.  He coached for forty years; nine in Southeast Missouri in the New Madrid County Missouri School System and thirty one for the Dallas Independent School District.  While coaching in Missouri, his team captured 3 Regional Finals, one State Runner up and 2 State Championships.  During his coaching Career at Dallas Independent School District his teams were awarded 11 District Championships, 8 Regional Finals, 4 Final Four appearances, 1 State runner up, 1 State Championship and selected as USA Today’s Mythical National Champions (#1 High School team in America). He coached 4 All-Americans Chris Bosh, Bryan Hopkins, Byron Eaton and LeBryon Nash and numerous All-State Players.

Some of Coach Bishop’s additional coaching accomplishments:

Average season record 28-6, 1999-2013

Coached team to three DISD/Coke Cola Classic Championships and three times runners up

Head Coached 2011 Kentucky Derby All Star Classic in Louisville, Kentucky

Assisted coaching the East All Star Basketball Team in the 2002 Michael Jordan Brand Classis in and the 2013 Global Games in Washington, DC

Named District Coach of the year 11 times

Named Area Coach of the year 2 times

Awarded Texas Association of High School Basketball Coaches, Coach of the year

Name National Black Coaches Association, Coach of the year

Named USA Today’s National High School Boys Basketball, Coach of the year

Won 2002 High School State and National Championship with a 40-0 record

Players that Coach Bishop coached during 2013 and Nike Global Games are currently playing Erick Neal of UTA,  Theo Pinson and Joel Berry of North Carolina, Grayson Allen of Duke, D’Angelo Russell of the Brooklyn Nets and Devin Booker of the Phoenix Suns.

Leonard and his wife Mary reside in Garland, TX.  They have four children Kevin (Ann), Janice (Charles), Clarice and Leonard II (Ashley).  They are proud grandparents of seven Myha, Charity, Faith, Hope, Chandler, Khendyn and Leonard III.