Howard Bliss
Biographical details
Born(1916-07-26)July 26, 1916
Farmville, Virginia
DiedJune 7, 2005(2005-06-07) (aged 88)
Crossville, Tennessee
Playing career
Head coaching record
Overall9–17 (college)
6–10 (high school)
Accomplishments and honors
1 NDCAC (1947)

Clyde Howard Bliss (July 26, 1916 – June 7, 2005) was an American football player and coach. He served as the head football coach at Valley City State Teachers College—now known as Valley City State University—in 1947 and North Dakota Agricultural College—now known as North Dakota State University—compiling a career college football coaching record of 9–17.

Playing careerEdit

Bliss was a quarterback at Purdue University, earning a varsity letter in 1938.[1]

Coaching careerEdit

Bliss began his coaching career at the Montpelier High School in Montpelier, Ohio.[2] After briefly attending the University of Michigan and serving in World War II, he became an assistant coach at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. He was hired as the head football coach and athletic director at Valley City State University in Valley City, North Dakota in 1947.[3]

Bliss was then hired as the head football coach at North Dakota State University–then known as North Dakota Agricultural College–where he served from 1948 to 1949.[4][5]

Later life and deathEdit

After retiring from coaching, Bliss worked for General Tire Company. He died in 2005.[6]

Head coaching recordEdit


Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Valley City State Vikings (North Dakota College Athletic Conference) (1947)
1947 Valley City State 6–1 1st
Valley City State: 6–1
North Dakota Agricultural Bison (North Central Conference) (1948–1949)
1948 North Dakota Agricultural 3–7 0–6 7th
1949 North Dakota Agricultural 0–9 0–6 7th
North Dakota Agricultural: 3–16 0–12
Total: 9–17
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title
Indicates BCS bowl, Bowl Alliance or Bowl Coalition game.


External linksEdit

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