Stone comes to SFA from Southern Utah; Bishop comes from Texas A&M-Commerce
Leonard Bishop joins Jayci Stone and Jamila Ganter as an assistant coach for the Ladyjack program in 2015-16. He has held coaching positions for both men’s and women’s programs over his career, most recently serving as assistant women’s basketball coach at his alma mater Texas A&M-Commerce from 2012-15.
“I’ve competed against Leonard the last few years while I was at West Texas A&M and I think he’s a rising star in this profession,” said SFA head women's basketball coach Mark Kellogg. “He’s a great communicator with players, coaches and anyone we’ll work with. He has a great personality. His dad is a coaching legend in Dallas so Leonard has been on a bench since he was probably seven or eight years old. He has a great eye for basketball.”
Bishop helped lead a dramatic turnaround for the women’s team at Texas A&M-Commerce as an assistant, guiding the Lions to a nine-win improvement and the program’s first postseason berth in four years during his first season on staff.
Prior to coaching the women’s squad at Commerce, Bishop assisted the men’s basketball program during the 2010-11 season. He got his start in coaching at Missouri Baptist University in 2009 where he was the assistant men’s coach for a season before returning to his alma mater in 2010.
After winning a national championship at Dallas Lincoln High School, Bishop attended Three Rivers Community College and Collin County Community College to begin his collegiate playing career. From 2006-08, he played at Commerce where he earned All-Lone Star Conference honorable mention recognition and was a team captain his senior year. He was awarded the Terry Allen Award in 2008 for his heart and dedication to the Lion program.
Bishop earned his degree in sociology from Commerce in 2008. He and his wife Ashley have a seven-year-old daughter Khendyn and a five-year-old son Leonard Bishop III.