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Bliss resigns as head lacrosse coach

Muffie Bliss resigns after 10 years and 94 wins at the helm of the women's lacrosse program  2013 David Sinclair/McDaniel College
Muffie Bliss resigns after 10 years and 94 wins at the helm of the women's lacrosse program 2013 David Sinclair/McDaniel College

WESTMINSTER, Md. – Muffie Bliss has announced her resignation as McDaniel College's head women's lacrosse coach, effective at the end of the academic year, Director of Athletics Paul Moyer announced on Wednesday. 

"I will always be thankful for the opportunity that McDaniel and the administration gave me at such a young age to take over a program," Bliss said. "I have cherished the memories and lessons that I have learned while being a member of the community and look forward to supporting the programs in an alternate way in the future. My players and colleagues, especially, have been a source of tremendous inspiration and support. I look forward to watching them continue to achieve excellence."

A 2002 graduate of Goucher, Bliss compiled a 94-78 record in her 10 years at the helm of the women's lacrosse program. Bliss guided the Green Terror to the Centennial Conference (CC) playoffs six times in her 10 seasons on the sidelines as well as four ECAC tournaments.

In those four ECAC tournaments, Bliss appeared in three title games and won the title in 2007 with a program-record 14th victory of the season.

She coached 36 All-CC players during her tenure and a pair of McDaniel players earned All-America accolades under her tutelage.

"Muffie has clearly advanced our program, making women's lacrosse a consistent playoff contender," Moyer noted. "She is a quality educator and coach who always had the success of her students in the forefront of her mind. I wish her the best in all of her future endeavors."

Bliss started her career on the Hill as a graduate assistant in the fall of 2002 immediately following a successful playing career at Goucher before being tabbed interim head coach of the women's lacrosse team in the spring of 2004, where her 13-4 mark earned her the nod as the next full-time head coach of both the field hockey and women's lacrosse programs.

She guided the field hockey team to a 21-14 mark in two seasons, which included a CC and ECAC tournament appearance, before surrendering the reins of the field hockey team to focus on women's lacrosse.

She produced six All-CC field hockey players in her two seasons. As a graduate assistant in 2002, she was part of the staff that produced the program's first CC title and NCAA playoff berth for a team that boasted one of the nation's best defense, surrendering just 0.64 goals per game.

A three-time all-conference selection in field hockey and two-time nod in lacrosse, she also received all-region honors on the lacrosse field and was selected to play in the North/South Senior All-Star Game. Bliss was also a three-time field hockey captain and two-year lacrosse captain for the Gophers.

Bliss leaves the Hill to take a position teaching English at St. Timothy's School in nearby Stevenson, Md. She will also coach field hockey and lacrosse at the all-girls secondary residential school.

McDaniel will begin a national search for Bliss' successor.