Bliss was named McDaniel’s head field hockey and women’s lacrosse coaches following a successful stint as the interim coach of the women’s lacrosse team in the spring of 2004.
After two years as head coach of both squads, she surrendered the helm of the Green Terror field hockey program in 2006 to focus on women’s lacrosse.
Her focus paid off after just one season when she led McDaniel to the ECAC South championship and program-record 14 victories in 2007.
The success continued in 2008, notching another 10-win campaign and the team’s second consecutive Centennial Conference (CC) semifinal appearance. In 2009, the squad made it three straight CC playoff appearances.
In her first year at the helm, Bliss’ enthusiasm manifested itself in the form of the best women’s lacrosse season to date in the program’s three decades. Led by the then-23-year-old interim coach, the Green Terror turned in a 13-4 record, including a program-best nine-game winning streak.
McDaniel followed its first CC playoff appearance with a run to the ECAC semifinals under Bliss in 2004 before advancing to the ECAC championship game the next season. In her nine seasons at the helm, Bliss has guided the squad to an 83-69 mark.
Bliss began her coaching career as a graduate assistant at McDaniel in the fall of 2003, immediately following a successful academic and athletic career at Goucher College. She completed her master’s in education at McDaniel in the summer of 2004.
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.
Her arrival on the Hill helped the field hockey team to its first-ever CC championship and NCAA playoff berth. As a first-year coach, she assisted with coordinating the team’s defense. Her unrivaled work ethic translated into McDaniel boasting one of the nation’s best defenses, surrendering just 0.64 goals per game.