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Bishop ready to build at NB (07-09-13) PDF Print E-mail
Written by KEVIN GORDON Sentinel Assistant Sports Editor   
Tuesday, 09 July 2013 08:50
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Greg Bishop, the new football coach at North Baltimore. (Photo: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
NORTH BALTIMORE - Greg Bishop is embracing the challenge of building North Baltimore's football program.
The first-year coach believes the Tigers can be successful, even though they haven't had a winning season since 2005.
"The young men are working hard and they've had a great attitude," said Bishop, who came to NB after spending the last two seasons as an assistant coach at Brooke Point High School in Stafford, Va.
Brooke Point made the Virginia playoffs each season.
But Bishop is no stranger to Northwest Ohio.
He was an assistant coach at Bowling Green High School from 2008-10, serving as the assistant linebackers and safeties coach.  He also served as an intern at Bowling Green State University, helping with the team's defensive line.
Bishop replaced Dino Woodruff, who was 5-15 overall and 2-12 in the Midland Athletic League during his second tenure as NB's head coach.
"We're trying to get the young men excited about the program and get them to come out for the program, building that excellence in the program and getting people excited about the program again," Bishop said. "If you do that, everything else will take care of itself."
The Tigers were 14-16 from 2003-05 during Woodruff's first stint as head coach. NB's last winning season came in 2005 when it was 6-4 and it was 5-5 in 2004.
"The players are excited about what we're doing," Bishop said. "They know what's at stake and they know if we want to head in the right direction, they know what it takes.  They know what my expectations are to get this ship back on the right path."
NB was 2-8 overall and 1-6 in the MAL last season, and has won just 14 games the last seven seasons.
"We're pointing (the players) in the right direction right now and now we need to start running that way," Bishop said.
The Tigers have averaged 20-25 players per day in the weight room this summer. They're holding their summer camp this week and will later participate in a 7-on-7 camp.
Bishop said NB has a large sophomore class that consists of about 15 players.
"We've had a good turnout in the weight room and the kids are working really hard," Bishop said. "The community can be proud of the way they're working hard and the community is going to be proud of them for the way they play on Friday nights."
Bishop, 24, said NB will use the spread offense and an attacking defense.
"With the offense and defense we're bringing in, we feel we're going to be able to put our players in the best possible positions possible to be successful," Bishop said.
The Tigers scored just 134 points  and allowed 427 season, beating Holgate in Week 1 and Lakota in  Week 10.
"The spread gives us a lot of flexibility in terms of what we want to do," Bishop said. "We can cause space problems defensively and make them defend the whole field. If we're out-matched 1-on-1, we still make them cover a lot of space.
"We're going to attack defensively," Bishop added. "We don't want people to pick us apart because we're sitting back. We want to dictate what they're going to do by attacking them."
Bishop graduated from Tiffin Columbian High School. His wife, Kaitlyn, is a graduate of Hopewell-Loudon High School. They're both BGSU graduates.
He teaches computer technology at Tiffin Middle School.
"The main thing is my wife and I wanted to come back to Ohio, and this was a perfect opportunity for me to start my coaching career back in Ohio," Bishop said. "This is a great opportunity for me. I really like Northwest Ohio and Northwest Ohio football. We wanted to get back to this area. Once you leave this area, you start to miss it."
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