The Colorado Mammoth today named Jason Bishop as the team’s Offensive Coordinator. Bishop, who has spent the last five seasons serving as the organization’s Western Scout, now joins Head Coach Pat Coyle and Defensive Coordinator Andrew McBride as coaches for the 2021-22 campaign.
“Jason is someone who’s spent a lot of time near the game of lacrosse,” Mammoth General Manager Brad Self shared. “He’s coached and played alongside such a great mixture of talent at multiple levels of the game and we’re extremely pleased to have him as a part of our Mammoth coaching staff.”
In more than 20 years behind the bench in various capacities and Canadian lacrosse programs, Bishop has helped lead many Canadian lacrosse teams to provincial and national championships. He’s also spent the last three active lacrosse seasons serving as Offensive Coordinator of the Jr. A Coquitlam Adanacs, alongside Mammoth Head Coach Pat Coyle. The duo has helped the team compete in three Minto Cup appearances and finally captured the elusive championship victory in 2018.
With his connection and consistent involvement in B.C.’s ever-growing lacrosse community, the player-turned-coach understands what he’s looking for in a player, and has received plenty of opportunities to scout talent for the Mammoth. Whether evaluating future incoming talent or upcoming matchups, Bishop was also responsible for creating in-season, pregame scouting reports for the Mammoth.
“He’s a details guy and his competitiveness is contagious – Someone who’s personable, familiar with our coaches, our guys, and we know he’s ready to get to work,” Self said.
Often referred to as “Bish” in the lacrosse world, the former defenseman spent a majority of his Jr. and Sr. career playing as a defenseman with the Nanaimo Timbermen (WLA and WCSLA). Bishop competed for the President’s Cup in 1992 with Nanaimo and played in the 1995 Mann Cup game with the Sr. New Westminster Salmonbellies.
Outside of the box, Bishop enjoys spending time with his family and staying active whenever possible. As the owner of Great West Fire and Safety, fire protection and awareness has become a passion.
The now Offensive Coordinator has participated in a number of Iron Man runs, marathons, ultras and beyond and continues to pick up the twig from time to time. The long-time-laxer resides in New Westminster, B.C. with his wife and three children.
Looking Back (& To the Future)
Shawn Williams, who spent the past two seasons vacating the role with the Mammoth, is prepared to begin the next step of his lacrosse journey in the near future.
“Since we welcomed Shawn to our staff in 2018, our players, coaches and front office staff have only enjoyed our time working with Shawn and understand why he’s such a valuable asset as both a mentor and coach,” Self shared. “We want to thank Willy for everything he’s done for our organization and wish him the best with his next adventure.”
The Mammoth are set to kick off Training Camp Nov. 4 at Foothills Fieldhouse, as the team gathers to practice as a group for the first time in 17 months. Familiar with Coyle’s tendencies and coaching tactics, Bishop and the offensive unit will look to build on its successes from the 2019-20 season with the likes of Ryan Lee, Zed Williams, Tyler Digby, Dylan Kinnear, Eli McLaughlin, Chris Wardle, Connor Robinson and friends leading the charge up front.
Mammoth fans are encouraged to swing by team social channels to share a welcome message for its new coach and can look forward to seeing him behind the bench Dec. 11 as the Mammoth host the San Diego Seals during The Return of the Loud House.
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