Hall Of Fame Citation
It seemed unlikely that Mike Bishop would ever wind up at Washington College, much less in its Hall of Fame. A native of Liverpool, England, Mike endured numerous hardships as a youth and was living in the United States on a work visa, several years removed from high school, when he enrolled at Harford Community College.
After a year at Harford, then-Shoremen soccer coach Tom Bowman helped bring Mike to Washington College in 1988, where he was an absolute revelation on the soccer pitch. In all three of Mike’s seasons with the Shoremen, he served as a team captain, led the team in scoring, was named his team’s Most Valuable Player, and earned All-Middle Atlantic Conference honors. After his final season, in 1990, Mike was named the MAC’s Most Valuable Player.
In just three seasons, Mike totaled 34 goals and 13 assists. In 1998, Mike scored 12 of his team’s 26 goals on the season. The following year, he tallied 15 goals, and in 1990, he accounted for more than half of the Shoremen’s goals, scoring seven of the team’s 13. Leading the team in scoring in 1990 was one of Mike’s most impressive feats as injuries to teammates forced him to play sweeper for most of the season.
Following his senior season, Mike was selected to play in the Maryland Senior Bowl, which featured the top players from every school in the state—Divisions I, II and III. Mike was named the Most Valuable Player of that game.
On campus, Mike, who enjoyed high-school success in a host of sports, also played for the College’s club rugby team. When Mike received his bachelor’s degree in psychology, he became the first in his family to graduate from college.
Mike has enjoyed a successful career in the retail industry and currently serves as a Regional Manager of Executive Recruitment for Kohl’s.
Washington College considers it an honor and privilege to induct Michael C. Bishop into its Athletic Hall of Fame on this tenth day of October, 2009.