Nash Bishop

Have you heard of Nash Bishop? You probably have if you ever needed to know something about women's classifications in the Washington chapter of USSSA.

Bishop, a Clover Park High School alum (1947), Army veteran (1948-53) and graduate of Central Washington University (1956), has attended and kept notes on every state women's classification meeting since the early 1990s.

He has updated the state office of the United States Specialty Sports Association (USSSA) from his notes, and over the years he created and kept up to date records for every team that participated in the women's program. Now in his 80s (born May 19, 1929, in Blytheville,Ark.), Bishop is a walking encyclopedia of state women's slow-pitch softball.

After playing basketball in high school and college, Bishop went on to a 31-year career as an elementary teacher in Sumner (Wade Calvin and Daffodil schools). During that 1957-87 span, he also worked for Sumner Parks and Recreation (1960-72), was an Area Director for Pierce County Parks and Recreation in the 60's and 70's, and was a director of Sumner Youth Baseball (meaning he wrote schedules, maintained fields and umpired, and was so active in the Sumner 20-30 club that he gained lifetime member status.

After leaving education, Bishop coached USSSA women's softball teams from 1988-2008, twice leading teams that included his daughter to runner-up finishes (1998 and 1999) in the state tournament. His teams also finished third (2003), fourth (2000) and fifth (2002) in state.

Somehow, Bishop also found time for league bowling, adult rec league basketball and volunteering at Puyallup Parks and Recreation, where he was twice named Outstanding Volunteer (2000-01).

In short, the low-profile Nash Bishop has for decades lived up to the Dill Howell ideal by being a good citizen, a good coach and a tremendous asset to Pierce County recreation activities in Sumner and Puyallup.