Calvary Chapel Christian School hires controversial Coach Dave Bliss

LAS VEGAS - The choice of a new athletic director and basketball coach at a small Las Vegas Christian school usually would not get much attention, but when the hire is Dave Bliss, it's hard to stay under the radar.

Bliss's past is laced with scandals and attempts at redemption.

Dave bliss has been employed at Calvary Chapel Christian School for almost a month. At least, that's when a video of him first appeared on the school's Facebook page.

It was only two days ago the president of the league, Calvary plays in, found out himself.

"We have questions, and they'll be asked on Monday," said Bill Darrow, league president.

He is the athletic director at Needles High School. He's also president of the 2A league, and learned this week he has a new colleague, Dave Bliss.

Bliss is Calvary Chapel's new athletic director and basketball coach. His long career includes major college programs but also a series of scandals.

Notably, what happened at Baylor University in 2003. One of his players was murdered, and he was involved in paying the tuition of the deceased. He's sought redemption since, acknowledging his mistakes. But other recruiting violations have followed. He left his last job in April after a documentary on the Baylor scandal. It all makes Darrow skeptical.

"A coach comes in like that with those problems and those kind of... accused of cheating about everywhere you've been, comes in and doesn't do it, I imagine it's fine. But, there's a concern of, there's a track record," Darrow said.

He says the 2A league meets on Monday morning and Darrow has already told Calvary Chapel its most recent hire will be topic number one.

8 News NOW tried several times to speak with Calvary Chapel about its new athletic director and basketball coach.

The church said a statement was coming, but it never did.

 


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