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Cedar Rapids Prairie hires new football coach

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) - Cedar Rapids Prairie High School has announced the hiring of Mark Bliss as their new head football coach, pending approval by the Board of Education.

Bliss, a native of Medford, Oklahoma, comes to Cedar Rapids from Ozark High School in Ozark, Missouri. He has 26 years of experience in education and athletics. Bliss succeeds

“On behalf of myself and my family I want to thank the College Community School District for giving us this incredible opportunity to be a part of their family,” Bliss said in a written statement. “After thorough research and input from close family friends who live in the Cedar Rapids area, I have no doubt we are moving to a community that prides itself on providing essential resources for all of its students to attain a quality education. I look forward to getting started and it will be our mission to build a program that will compete at the highest level and give the Prairie community something to be proud of.”

Bliss has collected a 159-57 record in 19 seasons as a head high school football coach. He has won four state championships, made two semifinal appearances, won nine district championships and eight conference titles as a high school head coach. He coached the Conway Springs, Kansas to a 62-game winning streak. At Ozark High School, his teams made the playoffs three consecutive years, including 2014.

“We are extremely excited that Coach Bliss is taking over our football program,” Athletic Director Rocky Bennett said in a written statement. “He is a man of integrity and has many years of very successful coaching experiences. His ability to relate with people and kids was evident throughout the interview process and we are confident that he will continue to grow our Prairie Hawk Football program to championship levels.”

Bliss played football for Southwestern College in Winfield, Kansas.

He replaces Mike Morrissey who resigned after four seasons to take a job in Scottsdale, Arizona.

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