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April 18, 2022

Episode 36 Featuring 4x State Champ Mark Bliss

Since 1988, Mark Bliss has coached football at various high school and collegiate levels. During his head coaching career, he has amassed an overall record of 206- 80 losses, won 4 State Championships, along with 2 Semi-final appearances and 2 Quarterfinal appearances. His teams have qualified for the State Playoffs 23 of his 26 years as a head coach. Mark spent seven years at Conway Springs, Kansas where his teams started a 62 game win streak which is the 22nd best win streak in high school football history. Mark’s teams during his career have received national recognition in Sports Illustrated, ESPN Magazine, and Bigger Faster Stronger Magazine. He has coached 3 Top 100 Nationally Ranked teams.  Mark has received the National Federation of State High School Associations Section 5 Coach of the Year and was a National Coach of the Year Finalist. Mark has coached 26 Division I athletes, 8 High School All-Americans,1 ESPN top 300 Player, and 2 NFL Players. Mark is a three time Hall of Fame inductee 2011 Southwestern College Athletic Hall of Fame, 2012 National Single Wing Coaches Hall of Fame, 2017 University of Tulsa Athletic’s Hall of Fame.

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My main takeaways:

  • Many coach due to the impact their coaches had on them. Remember that and have the same impact
  • The foundation of a high school coach is relationships and trying to impact the lives of those young athletes who put the uniform on for their community
  • The secret to longevity in the coaching profession: Never forgetting your "why"
  • Don't work 70 hours a week during season and be miserable. The experience itself has to be fun
  • If winning becomes more important the athletes in the program, then it's time to stop coaching

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