We are grateful to have a diverse community of students, staff and families from around the world. Each member of our community brings their own background and story that enriches the ASH experience. Our ASH Voices series zooms in on our community as we learn more about who we are in our roles at ASH and life outside of school.
Today’s profile features our Athletics Director, Mr. Bishop. He grew up in the United States and has been around sports his entire life, either playing, watching or coaching. In high school, Mr. Bishop was a cross country runner, played basketball and ran track. He went on to be a collegiate athlete at a Division One school, running cross country and track. Before becoming an athletics director, Mr. Bishop taught 4th, 5th and 7th grade. He has been married for 18 years and has a son who is in 9th grade and a daughter in 5th grade. Prior to coming to The Netherlands, Mr. Bishop and his family lived in Shanghai, China for 10 years, and before that they were based in his home state of Michigan. Mr. Bishop received the NATA International Committee Partner Award recognizing his contribution to the advancement of athletic training and advocacy for athletic trainers in international schools.
We asked Mr. Bishop some questions about his life at ASH and how he has been adapting throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
How long have you been at ASH and what does the #ASHexperience mean to you?
This is my third year at ASH. The #ASHexperience is important to me because of the experiences I try to provide to our student athletes and their families. During this COVID time, it has been a bit more difficult to maintain the same experience but I like to cultivate meaningful experiences for those in our community.
What are your passions?
I like all sorts of sports. I enjoy traveling and seeing different cultures. I enjoy spending time with my family and being active.
How have the last several months impacted you and what are the lessons you have learned that you will be taking forward in your work here at ASH?
This year has been difficult because everything I have scheduled has ended up being canceled. Managing expectations has been my biggest challenge thus far. The lesson that has really had an impact on me and that I continue to share with others is; control the controllables.
If you could give our students at ASH one piece of advice what would it be?
Be grateful for what you have. Lots of students around the world haven't had one day on campus, let alone one day of practice.
If you weren't working at ASH, what would you be doing?
I'm not sure; but probably working with student athletes helping them become the best version of themselves.