Former University of North Alabama tennis standout Brice Bishop is in his seventh consecutive season as the Lions head men’s and women’s tennis coach. Bishop, who lettered in tennis at UNA from 1982-85, is in his third stint at the helm of the program. He replaced Al Morgan, who resigned prior to the 2009 season.
The Sheffield native coached the UNA women’s tennis teams and men’s and women’s cross country squads from 1988-90 before resigning to become tennis director at the Huntsville Athletic Club. He returned to campus in 1997 to lead the men’s and women’s tennis programs.
In 2004, Bishop left to become head tennis coach and director of women’s athletics at Shoals Christian School. During his time at UNA, he led the men’s team to five NCAA Tournament appearances and the women to six consecutive NCAA regionals.
He was inducted into the UNA Athletic Hall of Fame in 2001 and was inducted into the Colbert County Sports Hall of Fame the following year.
Bishop was North Alabama’s first All-American in tennis, posting a 54-19 singles record his final two seasons while winning back-to-back Gulf South Conference individual championships.
Since returning to North Alabama, Bishop has led the UNA women’s team to a return trip to the NCAA Tournament. Following a two-year absence, the Lions returned to the South Region Tournament in 2011.
Bishop holds a bachelor’s degree in health, physical education, recreation and dance from UNA and a Master’s degree in physical education from Western Carolina. He and his wife, former UNA cross country runner and fellow Hall-of-Fame inductee Carol Franklin, have two daughters, Mackenzie who also lettered for the Lions in tennis, and Lee-Taylor, and a son, Will, who pitches on the UNA baseball team.