Originally Published: September 6, 2012
Republished with permission from Harold Bechard, Editor, VYPE Central Kansas. Photos credit: Jeff Tuttle/VYPE Central Kansas
Bliss Sold Cardinals on Offense in 1997
By Bob Lutz
VYPE Central Kansas
CONWAY SPRINGS – Mark Bliss, bless his heart, has become somewhat of a coaching vagabond.
He is, for the moment, the football coach at Ozark (Mo.) High, but that could change at any moment. His 15-year head coaching career has included stops in Los Animas, Calif., Naples, Fla., Odessa, Mo., Edwardsville, Ill., Derby and, for four of the best seasons imaginable, Conway Springs.
It was while at Conway that Bliss, an innovative sort who like many football coaches couldn’t live without a pencil and a load of paper napkins, established himself as a mastermind of the single-wing offense, which you have to see to really understand and then probably will mostly just scratch your head.