Hall of Fame

The IHSSBCA Coaches’ Hall of Fame was established in 2005 to recognize the career achievements of Illinois coaches. Each Hall of Fame class is selected by the vote of the IHSSBCA’s Hall of Fame voting committee. The Hall of Fame coaches are honored each year at the IHSSBCA Awards Banquet. Download the Hall of Fame policies page for more information about the Hall of Fame process.

Hall of Fame Coaches

Dave Adkins (2017)
Norma Anderson (2009)
Sister John Baricevic, SSND (2006)
Joe Bayless (2013)
Christine Beem (2014)
Frank Bellucci (2018)
Brenda Berg (2012)
David Boersma (2019)
Dale Boyd (2010)
Brenda Kay Bratcher (2013)
Kathleen Brooks-Juergens (2012)
John T. Burke (2008)
James L. Carney (2008)
Jane Carney (2008)
Cheryl Christianson (2007)
Michael Cleary (2009)
Tom Draski (2015)
Tom Durbin (2005)
Kay Dyer (2019)
Jim Fenton (2005)
Mary Fisher-Miller (2012)
Bruce Fitzgerald (2009)
Mike Gaither (2010)
Mark A. Grant (2016)
Linda Greene (2018)
Rob Grierson (2005)
Cathy Groesch (2005)
Michael H. Hendricks (2013)
Joan Herron (2013)
Tom Holbrook (2007)
Ken Johnson (2007)
Phyllis Kidd (2010)
Gene Kruse (2011)
Harold “Bud” Lachel (2007)
Debbie Martin (2019)
Susan Martin (2005)
Linda Monge (2008)
Anna Morris (2017)
Karen Niemeier (2006)
Will Oldaker (2005)
Bob Pierce (2015)
Donna Pinson (2012)
Nick Pitz (2011)
John Rathbun (2017)
Roma Reed (Smith) (2006)
Suellyn Rieckelman (2016)
David Riley (2011)
Kristi Robertson (2014)
Donna Robinson (2018)
Larry Schnorr (2010)
Dennis Scobbie (2011)
Dr. Jane A. Simmons (2016)
Jeff Vallosio (2014)
Jerry Vandemark (2006)
Larry Varner (2008)
Deb Voorhees (2015)
Leroy “Lee” Weinbrenner (2014)
Dennis Wyatt (2009)
Beth Young (2005)

Class of 2019

David Boersma

Kay Dyer

Debbie Martin


Class of 2018

bellucci
Frank Bellucci
Coach, Saint Ignatius College Prep School 1996-2010
Assistant Coach, DePaul College Prep School 2015-2018
Over 400 career wins
7 conference championships
3 IHSA Regional titles
Illinois Masonic Academic Bowl Tournament Champions 2010
PACE 2010 National Scholastic Championship Tournament 15th place
Moderator and reader at IHSA Regional and local tournaments

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Linda Greene
Coach, Rockford Auburn High School 1993-2017
More than 2200 career wins (Varsity A team)
NIC-10 conference champions 19 times
IHSA Regional champions 19 times
IHSA Sectional champions and final four at IHSA State 16 consecutive years 2002-2017
IHSA State Champions in 2008 and 2015; Masonic State Champions in 2008; NAQT State Champions six times between 2008-2016
Finished in the top 8 at PACE and NAQT Nationals 7 times between 2009-2016
Hosted Knights’ Challenge tournament for 18 years, HFT Mirror tournament for 9 years, and Loyburn tournament
IHSSBCA charter member and secretary 2004-present
IHSA Advisory Committee 2012-2014
Question writer and certified moderator

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Donna Robinson
Coach, Niantic-Harristown and Sangamon Valley High School 1988-2010
Over 440 career wins
3 IHSA State appearances
IHSA Class A State Champions 1996
Created and hosted the Niantic Open for over 10 years
Hosted multiple IHSA Regionals and Sectionals
Moderated IHSA, Masonic Sectionals, and local tournaments
IHSA Moderator 1997-2011
IHSA Advisory Committee member 1994-1998


Class of 2017

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Dave Adkins
Scholastic Bowl Coach Springfield High School, 2001-2015
Varsity Record 795-301
Nine Conference Championships
IHSA Sectional Champions 2008, 2009, 2014
4th Place IHSA State Tournament 2008
3rd Place Masonic State Tournament 2007
Co-coach of Team Illinois – 2008 National Championship Team

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Anna Morris
Scholastic Bowl Coach Herrin High School, 1980–1994
More than 500 career wins
Helped organize Williamson County Scholar Bowl and SIU Scholastic Hi-Q Tournaments
Played in South Seven and River-to-River Conference
Tournaments: Masonic State, IHSA State, SIU, Williamson County, WPSD, KSDK, SIU-HQ, John A. Logan College, Vanderbilt University University of Illinois, and Rice University
Member of the IHSA Scholastic Bowl Advisory Committee

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John Rathbun
E.N. Woodruff High School (Peoria) 1993-2000
Masonic State Champions, 1997
IHSA State Tournament Manager for 15 years
Founding Member of IHSSBCA and First Treasurer
Co-founder of the Peoria Area Scholastic Bowl League
Coordinator of the Peoria Area Scholastic Bowl League, 2003-present


Class of 2016

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Mark A. Grant
Coach at PORTA High School (Petersburg) 2004-2015
Record: 408-67
IHSA Class A State Champions, 2008
3rd Place in 2007, 4th Place in 2011
Masonic 4th Place in 2008 (one-class system)
Masonic Class A 3rd Place in 2011
PORTA Tournament Director 2004-2015
IHSA State Finals Moderator 2014, 2015

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Suellyn Rieckelman
Coach at Macomb High School, 1995-2016
Class A IHSA State Qualifiers in 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011
IHSA Class A 2nd Place in 2011, 3rd Place in 2010
Class AA IHSA State Qualifiers in 2012, 2013, 2016
IHSA Class AA 2nd Place in 2012, 3rd Place in 2013
Masonic State Qualifiers 2010-2013, 2015-2016
Masonic Class A 2nd Place in 2011, 3rd Place in 2010
Masonic Class AA 2nd Place in 2013
Masonic Class 2A 2nd Place in 2015, 3rd Place in 2016

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Dr. Jane A. Simmons
Coach at Maine East High School (Park Ridge), 1987-1993
Record: 268-50
Founded school program, founded conference, hosted tournaments
IHSA Sectional titles in 1988 and 1993
Excelled as a teacher and counselor for almost 30 years at Maine East


Class of 2015

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Tom Draski
Varsity Scholastic Bowl Coach, Fenwick High School 1999-2011
594-202 Record
IHSA State Series 4th Place (2001, 2004), Final 8 (2005)
3 Sectional Championships
8 Regional Championships
10 League Championships

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Bob Pierce
Breese Central High School for 9 years
345-90 Record
Most Wins on Scholastic Hi-Q through 1991
Three-Time Conference Champions in Cahokia Conference
Three-Time Conference Champions in South Central Scholastic Conference
As Answers Plus A+, supplied questions to the IHSA State Series, the Masonic Academic Bowl State Series, Show Me Academic Bowl, Michigan State Quiz Bowl, and the IESA State Series

voorhees
Deb Voorhees
Bloomington High School Varsity and JV Coach 1998-2008
508-175 Record
IHSA Sectional Champion 2006, 2007
IHSA Regional Champion 2003-2008
IHSSBCA Secretary and Treasurer
Hosted Conference, Regionals, Sectionals, Masonic Tournaments, and Team Illinois Tryouts


Class of 2014

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Christine Beem
Coach, Stillman Valley High School, 1997–2004
Record: 262–98
IHSA Regional Winner: 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004
IHSA Sectional Winner: 2002, 2003
IHSA Class A State Tournament Champion: 2003
Illinois Masonic Bowl: Regional Winner 2002, 2003; State Third 2003, Fourth 2001
Mid-Northern Conference Champions: 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003

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Kristi Robertson
Libertyville High School, 1992–2010
525 Wins
3rd in State, 1997
4th in State, 2007
State Qualifier, 1996, 2002
4 Sectional Titles
8 Regional Titles
8 Conference Titles

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Jeff Vallosio
Peoria Heights High School, 1977-1979 and 1987-2013
Helped establish PHHS Scholastic Bowl
Coached 28 years with 1105-570 varsity record
1 PAL, 17 conference, 3 Peoria County Championships
Third at IHSA in 1996
Second at Masonic in 2006 (one class) and in 2012
Hosted 40 tournaments

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Leroy “Lee” Weinbrenner
Coach, Chicago Latin School, 1983–1999
Waukegan High School, 2001–2007
This honor is shared with many students who were competitive, full of information, willing to travel;
administrators and colleagues who shared ideas, time, organizational skills, and financial resources;
and especially the parents who trusted us with their wonderfully bright and precious offspring.


Class of 2013

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Joe Bayless
Coach, Oblong High School, 1981–1990
Record 220–51, won conference and conference tournament
in 8 of the 9 years
Participated in national tournaments, 1988–1990
My thanks to Jean Heyduck who coached the Junior Varsity teams, the principal and faculty who provided hundreds of questions for practice and matches

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Brenda Kay Bratcher
Head coach, Carterville High School, 1981–2003
Co-founder of Carterville High Scholastic Bowl
Over 350 career victories (all winning seasons)
Helped start the Williamson County Scholastic Bowl Tournament,
the first tournament in Southern Illinois
Winner of Hi-Q TV Scholastic Bowl, 1995
IHSA Regional winner 1996, 1998, 2001, 2002, 2003
IHSA Sectional winner 2001, 2002
IHSA State Tournament second place, 2002

hendricks
Michael H. Hendricks
Scholastic Bowl Coach
Blue Ridge High School
1982 to 2012
Many thanks to our program supporters and players

herron
Joan Herron
Eureka High School Scholastic Bowl 1979–2009
30 years of competition — a lifetime of memories


Class of 2012

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Brenda Berg
Coach, Carbondale Community High School, 1984–2001
2nd in state 1997
4th in state 1994, 1996
State qualifier 1990
Multiple terms IHSA Scholastic Bowl Advisory Committee
Host of conference, regional, sectional,
and Masonic Scholastic Bowl tournaments

brooks-juergens
Kathleen Brooks-Juergens
Coach, Richwoods High School, 1986–2005
IHSA AA State Championship 1993
Charter member IHSSBCA

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Mary Fisher-Miller
Coach, Wenona High School and Deland-Weldon High School, 1972–1999
Founder of Wenona Rotary Bowl
Charter member, IHSA Scholastic Bowl Advisory Council
Advisory committee, Tri-County Scholastic Bowl

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Donna Pinson
Coach, Byron High School, 1990–2001
Over 350 victories
IHSA State Champions 2000
IHSA second place 1997
IHSA fourth place 1998
IHSA elite eight 1999
IHSA sweet sixteen 1990


Class of 2011

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Gene Kruse
Momence High School, 1972–1976
Bradley Bourbonnais High School, 1976–1995
IHSA Class AA Runner-Up 1992, 1994
Helped organize SICA Bowl conference.
Wrote questions for SICA and other tournaments.
Taught students that if they had fun and learned something new, the tournament was a success!

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Nick Pitz
Moline High School 1993–
Masonic State Champions, 1999; 3rd in 2001; 4th in 2007
Co-Coach of Team Illinois, 2006–2008
National Champions 2007, 2008; Over 600 career wins
Wrote articles, ran tournaments
Charter member, IHSSBCA; State Committee member

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David Riley
Head Coach, Loyola Academy, 1993 to present
Charter member, IHSSBCA
President, IHSSBCA 1998–2004
Over 800 career wins
Coach, Team Illinois, 2002–2006, 2010–2011
IHSA Advisory Board Member 1990–93

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Dennis Scobbie
Litchfield High School
Head Coach 1992–2011, Coaching record 635–184
Assistant Coach 1983–1991, record 165–45
IHSA 11 Regional titles
3 Sectional titles
2nd State 2009
Masonic State champs 2010
Charter Member IHSSBCA


Class of 2010

boyd
Dale Boyd
Coached at Robinson and Chatham Glenwood,
each for about ten years. Has 900 career victories and hosted Masonic State Championship.

gaither
Mike Gaither
Hosted tournaments when doing so required
building your own buzzer system. Played major role in
convincing IHSA to sponsor Scholastic Bowl.

kidd
Phyllis Kidd
Along with Susan Martin, coached some of the most successful teams in Illinois history.
Hosted many tournaments and played an active role with IHSSBCA.

schnorr
Larry Schnorr
Coached at Pecatonica and Byron,
each for about fifteen years.
Established Mid-Northern Conference and had several State Finals appearances.


Class of 2009

anderson
Norma Anderson
Scholastic Bowl Coach Oakwood High School, 1980–2007
Over 600 career Varsity wins
Thanks to all the student participants, assistant coaches, athletic directors, and principals.
What an educational, challenging, competitive, and memorable experience we had!

cleary
Michael Cleary
H. L. Richards H.S. Scholastic Bowl Coach 1986–2007
Over 350 victories
Hosted tournaments and wrote questions
Several conference and regional championships
Privileged to coach over 700 Richards players

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Bruce Fitzgerald
Adlai E. Stevenson High School
Head Coach for 16 years; Assistant Coach for 5 years.
IHSA State Champions 2000, 2005
IHSA 2nd place 2004, 2008,
3rd place 2001, 2009
Masonic Bowl State Champions 2000
I love coaching this sport!!!

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Dennis Wyatt
Maine East High School, 1993-2006
Career Record 541–166
Won Masonic State and many Invitationals throughout Illinois
Finished 4th in IHSA State and served on IHSA Board
Taught at ACE and moderated GAT and IHSA State Tournaments


Class of 2008

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John T. Burke
Coach 1989–2003, 2007-
IHSA State Championships 1997, 2001
IHSA Sectional Championships 1990, 1994, 1997, 2001
Okaw Valley Conf. Championships 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2001

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James L. Carney
Scholastic Coach
Tournament Organizer
Question Writer
Judge and Moderator
Lockout Board Builder

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Jane Carney
Q: Why did we do Scholastic Bowl for twenty-five years?
A: It was CHALLENGING, INNOVATIVE, REWARDING, EDUCATIONAL, EXCITING, and just plain FUN.

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Linda Monge
Fairfield Community High School
Scholastic Bowl Coach 1989–2002
14 years of enjoyment with high school students
Over 400 career wins
Five IHSA Sectional Championships
Placed 4th in Class A State 1997
One term on IHSA Scholastic Bowl Advisory Committee Representative on the IHSSBCA Committee
SIAC Conference President 2 years

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Larry Varner
Founder and coach at Galva High School, 1973–2008
Winner of 584 varsity matches
Wrote questions and hosted 22 tournaments
Formalized match procedures and introduced the rebound bonus format in Illinois.


Class of 2007

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Cheryl Christianson
Sterling High School Scholastic Bowl Coach 1989-
Second place at Masonic State 1998, 2003
Over 600 Varsity victories
Hosted Fresh-Soph, Varsity, and Conference tournaments and Coaches’ Kickoffs, IHSA Regionals and Sectionals
State Committee member and ombudsman

holbrook
Tom Holbrook
Scholastic Bowl Coach University High School 1983–2003
1999 IHSA Class A State Champion
Over 600 career victories
Owner of the Intercity Bell
Pioneer Classic tournament host

johnson
Ken Johnson
Founder of Sullivan High School Scholastic Bowl
562 career victories
Director of Ultimate Scholar Tournament

lachel
Harold “Bud” Lachel
Cary-Grove High School
Founder and Coach of Scholastic Bowl
1968–1975; 1985–2001; winner of 413 matches
Second in State, 1991; State Qualifier, 1996
Founder of Scholastic Bowl and All-Conference Team for Fox Valley Conference
Host of Conference, Sectional, Masonic Bowl Tournaments


Class of 2006

baricevic
Sister John Baricevic, SSND
Founder of Scholastic Bowl at Mater Dei High School, 1986–1999
Winner of 357 matches
Charter Member of IHSSBCA
Served on the IHSSBCA Board
Moderator for IHSA State Series
Host of Conference, Masonic, and State Tournaments
IHSA and conference question writer

niemeier
Karen Niemeier
Founder and Coach of Scholastic Bowl at Winnebago High School 1981-2013
Winner of 878 Matches; Masonic State Champion 1994; 8 Sectional Championships
IHSA State Champion 1993, 1995; IHSA 3rd. place 1994, 2006
Helped found and Charter Board Member IHSSBCA; Hosted first Masonic tournament
Champions, National Scholastic Showdown, St. Louis, 1994
Hosted Winnebago Invitational for 15 years

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Roma Reed (Smith)
Founder and Coach of Scholastic Bowl, Rockridge High School 1974–2001
Championship of Inaugural Masonic State Tournament
Championship of Inaugural Class A State Tournament 1992
IHSA Advisory Board Member 1990–93

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Jerry Vandemark
Scholastic Bowl Coach at Streator High School 1972–1997
Winner of over 500 matches; 2nd Place in the Masonic State tournament in 1997
Charter Member IHSSBCA; IHSA Advisory committee; founded conference tournament


Class of 2005

durbin
Tom Durbin
Founder of Scholastic Bowl at MacArthur High School, 1985 – _____

fenton
Jim Fenton
Scholastic Bowl Coach at Carlinville 1987–2005
Winner of almost 700 Matches, Coach in four IHSA Final Fours
Helped found IHSSBCA and served on IHSA Advisory Committee
Hosted 3 Class A State Tournaments and managed 8 Class A State Tournaments

grierson
Rob Grierson
Scholastic Bowl Coach at the Latin School 1984–1996
IHSSBCA Founder, Newsletter Editor, Membership Chair
Coach of Team Illinois 97, 98 (5th), 99, 00 (4th), 01

groesch
Cathy Groesch
Scholastic Bowl Coach at Springfield Southeast 1982–2001
Winner of 619 Matches
IHSSBCA Secretary, 1994–2000

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Susan Martin
Wheaton North Scholastic Bowl Coach 1985-_____, West Richland 1980–85
Winner of 700+ matches; Masonic State Champion 2003,2004
IHSA State Champion 2002,2003,2004, 2nd 2001, 3rd [tie] 1991
Founded DuPage Valley and Midland Trail conferences

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Will Oldaker
Homewood-Flossmoor Scholastic Bowl Coach 1987–2001
Winner of over 500 Matches, Six IHSA Sectionals, Masonic State Championship
Hosted Tournaments, wrote questions, served on IHSA Scholastic Bowl Advisory Committee

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Beth Young
Quincy High School, 1978–2001
991–167 State; 19–12 National
IHSA 1st Place: 1987, 1988, 1993; IHSA 3rd Place: 1994, 1995; IHSA 4th Place: 2000
Charter Member IHSA Advisory Council; Charter Board Member IHSSBCA