2010 Inductee

Ray Bishop

Ray Bishop

Ray Bishop was the Pierce College Head Football Coach from 1958 to 1966 and Golf Coach from 1957 to 1981. Prior to that Ray played for the Santa Ana College Football Team, which played in the 1940 Jr. Rose Bowl. Ray transferred from Santa Ana to Occidental College, where he played football and baseball. There he was part of the V-12, Navy College Training Program that allowed draftees to attend college and finish their degrees. During his time at Occidental, he and several other V-12 players lived in housing under the football bleachers.

After serving in the Marines during World War II, Ray came to Pierce College. He was the Assistant Football Coach in 1957 and then became the Head Football Coach in 1958. Ray was known for his quick wit. He was a mentor to Denny Crum, Marv Dunphy, and several other Pierce College players and coaches. Ray always tried his best to place his players in four-year schools. Ray Passed away in 2008, but his impact on Pierce College Athletics lives on.