Laurie Bliss

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Laurie Bliss
Bliss pictured in The Official National Collegiate Athletic Association football guide, 1893
Sport(s) Football
Biographical details
Born (1872-11-28)November 28, 1872
New York, New York
Died November 12, 1942(1942-11-12) (aged 69)
Wilmington, Delaware
Playing career
1890–1892 Yale
1893 Chicago Athletic Association
Position(s) Halfback
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1893 Army
1895 Lehigh
Head coaching record
Overall 7–11

Laurence Thornton "Laurie" Bliss (November 28, 1872 – November 12, 1942) was an American football player and coach. He served as the head football coach at the United States Military Academy in 1893 and at Lehigh University in 1895, compiling a career college football record of 7–11. Bliss played football at Yale University as a halfback alongside his brother, C. D. "Pop" Bliss, who went on to coach at Stanford University, Haverford College, and the University of Missouri. After graduation, he played with the amateur Chicago Athletic Association.[1]

Laurie Bliss

Coaching career[edit]


Bliss took his first head coaching job at the United States Military Academy in 1893 and led the team to a 4–5 record. He was the third person appointed to the position of head football coach at West Point. The 1893 Army team lost to Navy and to Lehigh.[2]


Bliss was the fourth head football coach at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and he held that position for the 1895 season. His coaching record at Lehigh was 3–6.[3]

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Army Cadets (Independent) (1893)
1893 Army 4–5
Army: 4–5
Lehigh Brown and White (Independent) (1895)
1895 Lehigh 3–6
Lehigh: 3–6
Total: 7–11


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