Laurie Bliss

Laurie Bliss

Laurie Bliss
Bliss pictured in The Official National Collegiate Athletic Association football guide, 1893
Date of birth: (1872-11-28)November 28, 1872
Place of birth: New York, New York, United States
Date of death: November 12, 1942(1942-11-12) (aged 69)
Place of death: Wilmington, Delaware, United States
Career information
Position(s): Halfback
College: Yale
As coach:
As player:
1893 Chicago Athletic Association

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]

Coaching career


Bliss took his first head coaching job at West Point and led the team to 4 wins and 5 losses. He was the third person appointed to the position of head football coach at West Point. The season included losses to Navy and to Lehigh University where he would coach in two years.[2]


Bliss was the fourth head football coach for the Lehigh Mountain Hawks in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and he held that position for the 1895 season. His overall coaching record at Lehigh was 3 wins, 6 losses, and 0 ties. This ranks him 24th at Lehigh in terms of total wins and 21st at Lehigh in terms of winning percentage.[3]

Head coaching record

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


External links

  • College Football Data Warehouse