In his 2nd year as the Assistant Track & Field Coach, Justin Bishop will lead the throwers, jumpers, and hurdlers of the Columbia College Track & Field program.
Bishop has won 3 National Championships while competing as an Open athlete, and 31 National Championships in USATF Masters Divisions. He has coached 9 national champions, 1 world record holder, and helped 2 women earn their spot on the USA National team. He has been coaching for 12 years ranging in levels from high school, NCAA Division III, and USATF clubs.
Justin has guided his athletes at the USATF club level to 11 USATF Masters National Championships across the 5000 meters, steeplechase, 4x800m relay, shot put, super weight-throw, and pentathlon events. He's also coached South Carolina road racing state champions in the 5K, 15K, and half marathon distances. Over the last 4 years, Coach Bishop has help train 10 athletes to qualify for their first ever Boston Marathon.
Bishop holds the American Record for the single-day double decathlon set back in 2007, and has qualified for the Boston Marathon 8 times. In 2014, he was the fastest South Carolina resident to finish the Boston Marathon in 2:42:34.
Bishop was named the USATF Masters Athlete of the Year for the Men's 30-39 age division in 2015 and 2016. He also is a certified USATF Level 2 coach.
In his first year as the Assistant Track & Field Coach at Columbia College, he helped Katie Kopp (Javelin) and Yasmine Keeley (Long Jump) become the first AAC Conference Champions in Columbia College's Outdoor Track & Field history. Yasmine Keeley also tied the AAC outdoor track & field conference record in the long jump (5.33 meters). Bishop's stable of jumpers, throwers, and hurdlers, broke 14 school records in the 2016-2017 year.
His diverse skill set as an accomplished decathlete will help bring the Koala's presence in the field events to the top of the AAC.
He currently lives in Blythewood, SC with his wife, Christina and daughter, Olivia.