National History Bee and Bowl – Varsity & JV Division Staff

David Madden – Founder and Executive Director

David Madden is the founder and Executive Director of The National History Bee and Bowl. Having played quiz bowl for four years at Ridgewood High School from 1995-1999, college quizbowl for two years at Princeton University, and been involved on a full-time basis overseeing NHBB since 2010, he is well-versed with all the formats, concerns, and issues surrounding academic competition. He is committed to high standards for tournaments, well-written questions, and the growth of academic quiz tournaments throughout the world. He is a former 19-day champion on Jeopardy, a published art historian, and a runner and skier in his spare time. He was taking courses to become a high school history teacher himself when he had the idea to run a history-themed quiz bowl tournament: the Tri-State History Bowl attended by 34 teams in May 2010. Soon after that, he put his teaching plans on hold to establish The National History Bee and Bowl. Aside from NHBB, he also has established the other member competitions in the International Academic Competitions network, including the International Geography BeeUnited States Geography Olympiad, the United States History Bee, and the US Academic Bee and Bowl, among others. He is also the founder of the International History Olympiad which brings together the best history students from around the world every two years. He can be reached at

Brad Fischer – Director of Question Production

brad-fischerBrad Fischer is The National History Bee and Bowl’s Director of Question Production, where he serves as lead editor for all NHBB question sets, coordinates writer teams, and assists with all other aspects of question production as needed. Brad brings over twelve years of experience in the academic competition community to NHBB as a player, tournament director, coach, organizer, and question writer and editor. He is a co-recipient, together with his wife, of the Rob Grierson Friend of Scholastic Bowl Award in Illinois, where he is based in the city of Rockford. He can be reached at

Jason Russell – Director of Middle School Competitions, International Academic Competitions. Staff Director, National History Bee and Bowl Varsity and Junior Varsity National Championships.

Jason serves as the Director of Operations for the Varsity and JV Divisions for The National History Bee and Bowl. His passion for quiz bowl started at Lee University, and he has been a player, coach, tournament director, writer, editor, and moderator all over the United States for some 30 years. He served in the US Air Force and Air National Guard for ten years and was a two-time Jeopardy champion. He also has a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s in organizational leadership. He believes that quiz bowl develops integral skills in players and is a benefit to the schools and communities in which it is played and is committed to seeing the game grow to its fullest potential. Jason also serves as the Staff Director at our Varsity and JV National Championships. He can be reached at

Marshall Mullins – Director of Logistics & Lead Tournament Coordinator

marshall-mullinsMarshall is the Director of Logistics for International Academic Competitions, and NHBB. He also serves as Lead Tournament Coordinator where he is responsible for tournaments throughout a wide stretch of the country, including all of the Midwest and South Central states. He has long been active as a director and volunteer in the Missouri and Illinois quiz bowl circuits. He is based out of the Illinois suburbs of Saint Louis and he can be reached at


Michael Borecki – Northeast Regional Coordinator

Michael Borecki is the Northeast Regional Coordinator, with primary responsibility for tournaments in New England and New York. For the 2018-2019 academic year, he is a sophomore at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine. A four year player and former team captain for Darien High School in Darien, CT, Michael holds the record for preliminary score at an NHBB regional bee, scoring 42 points at the 2016 Bergen County History Bee. He also appeared on the 2016 Jeopardy! Teen Tournament, placing 3rd out of 15 contestants. He can be reached at




Danielle Hobeika – Webmaster

Danielle Hobeika is the chief webmaster for NHBB and International Academic Competitions. She has worked for over ten years as a web designer, and helps to maintain and develop the different websites used by NHBB. Her personal website can be viewed here, which contains her contact information if you are interested in hiring her to work on your projects.