Bishop leaving Green Forest for job in Missouri

Tuesday, April 28, 2020
Green Forest High School football coach Bobby Bishop instructs a player during preseason practice in 2015. Bishop is leaving Green Forest after five years as the Tigers' head coach to become an assistant coach at East Newton High School in Granby, Mo.
Carroll County News file photo

By Scott Loftis

Green Forest High School athletic director and head football coach Bobby Bishop is leaving for a job in Missouri.

Bishop announced in a Facebook post over the weekend that he has accepted a job at East Newton County High School in Granby, Mo. An assistant to East Newton Superintendent Ron Mitchell said Monday that Bishop will be an assistant coach for the Patriots.

Bishop, a 1978 Green Forest graduate, was hired as the Tigers’ head coach before the 2015 season. Green Forest posted an overall record of 10-40 over the past five seasons, including 2-8 in 2019. Bishop did not coach the final five games of the 2018 season after he was fired by superintendent Matt Summers in October following an incident involving parents. The Green Forest School Board reinstated Bishop after an appeal hearing approximately six weeks later, instead suspending him without pay for 34 days.

Bishop, who has also coached at Eureka Springs, Berryville and Huntsville, was head football coach at East Newton County in 2010 and 2011, compiling a record of 1-19. The Patriots were 2-9 last season and reached the second round of the state playoffs.

Bishop did not return a call seeking comment Monday. In his Facebook post, he said he had decided to “retire from education in the state of Arkansas and return to Missouri to finish my career.”

He expressed his gratitude for his time at Green Forest.

“To my current Tigers football players, athletes of all sports, coaches, faculty and staff, that I’m leaving behind ... I love you, I thank you, I appreciate you, and I wish you the best of luck in the future,” Bishop wrote. “I wish that I could see each and every one of you, and personally thank you, but during this quarantine/dead period, that probably will not be possible. I’ll be pulling for you in the future, and I’ll be with you in spirit.”

Summers said Monday that he hadn’t yet received written notice of Bishop’s departure.

“We would like to congratulate Coach Bishop on his new position,” Summers said by email. “He has had a full circle career by coaching and teaching in all three Carroll County schools before retiring in his home town and from the school that he attended, grew up in, and graduated. We wish him the very best.”

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