Kenneth A. Bliss
Grad Year: 2001
Year Inducted: 2010
Kenny Bliss starred as a point guard who could also produce offensively for the Anchormen from 1994-98.
He closed out his career having played in 96 games and scored 1,311 points, which was 10th all-time in school history at that time. Bliss also compiled 336 career assists, which is currently the seventh-highest tally in school history. He averaged 13.7 points, 2.6 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.8 steals per game over his four-year career.
The East Providence, Rhode Island native capped off his collegiate career with an outstanding senior campaign in 1997-98. He was named First Team All-Little East Conference, the Little East’s Player of the Week twice during the year and was also selected to the Honor Roll two times. Bliss was named to the ECAC’s Weekly Honor Roll two times as well.
Despite having surgery on his left knee in mid-December, the six-foot, 160 pound guard missed only one game all season. He played in 24 games, starting 21 of them. Bliss led the Little East in scoring, averaging 19.9 points per game and was also the LEC’s top assist man, dishing out a league-best 4.4 assists per game. He was third in the conference in field goal percentage, shooting 50.3 percent from the field and was eighth in the LEC in steals, averaging 2.3 per game.
Bliss scored in double figures in 20 of 24 games that season. He scored a career-high 36 points, on 16-for-21 shooting, in the team’s, 90-88, overtime win over Western Connecticut State University on Feb. 10. Bliss also tied a career-high with seven rebounds in the game. He dished out a career-high eight assists against Embry-Riddle University on January 3. Bliss posted a career-high six steals in the final game of his career against Western Connecticut on February 24.
As a junior in 1996-97, he played in 26 games, Bliss was an Honorable Mention to the All-Little East Conference team and averaged 14.7 points, 2.8 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 2.1 steals per game.
As a sophomore in 1995-96, Bliss played in 27 games, averaging 9.8 points, 1.8 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.3 steals per contest.
As a freshman in 1994-95, he played in 19 games, averaging 9.9 points, 2.2 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.5 steals per game.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in communications from Rhode Island College in 2001.
Bliss is currently a special education teacher in Pawtucket and is entering his seventh season as an assistant coach with the Johnson & Wales University men’s basketball program.
He resides in East Providence and is the father of two sons: Ayden (7), Sean (1).