Hall of Fame Coaches

Starting in 2000, the 35th anniversary of the first Academic Games national tournament, AGLOA began recognizing the most outstanding individual, coaching, and team performances at the national tournament.

What follows is a compilation of the records of the top academic games coaches, so far. For each coach, we have counted individual and team sweepstakes and national championships.

Ellie Gamble
St. Bernard Parish, LA
Jefferson Parish, LA
1998 –
93 Team Titles
22 Team Sweepstakes
74 Individual Titles
14 Individual Sweepstakes
Steve Wright
Detroit, MI
Chicago, IL
Utica, MI
1985 – 2019
90 Team Titles
18 Team Sweepstakes
99 Individual Titles
19 Individual Sweepstakes
Eric Nelson
Ann Arbor, MI
1990 –
82 Team Titles
17 Team Sweepstakes
54 Individual Titles
13 Individual Sweepstakes
Sharon Vitolins
Detroit, MI
1988 – 1997
55 Team Titles
10 Team Sweepstakes
83 Individual Titles
12 Individual Sweepstakes
Br. Neal Golden
New Orleans, LA
1967 – 2010
49 Team Titles
14 Team Sweepstakes
55 Individual Titles
3 Individual Sweepstakes
Lois Fink
Allegheny Valley, PA
1969 – 1981
48 Team Titles
10 Team Sweepstakes
21 Individual Titles
Nancy Kinard
Palm Beach County, FL
1983 – 2000
47 Team Titles
2 Team Sweepstakes
35 Individual Titles
1 Individual Sweepstakes
Chris Holstein
Detroit, MI
1980 –
44 Team Titles
5 Team Sweepstakes
49 Individual Titles
6 Individual Sweepstakes
Bonnie Burt
Jefferson Parish, LA
1990 – 2014
40 Team Titles
9 Team Sweepstakes
25 Individual Titles
9 Individual Sweepstakes
Br. John Larose
New Orleans, LA
1967 – 1987
40 Team Titles
7 Team Sweepstakes
39 Individual Titles
Ava Sue Hickerson
Palm Beach County, FL
1978 – 2000
39 Team Titles
32 Individual Titles
3 Individual Sweepstakes
Margie Walsh
Palm Beach County, FL
2001 – 2018
38 Team Titles
31 Individual Titles
Becky McLaughlin
Palm Beach County, FL
1985-1999
35 Team Titles
35 Individual Titles
1 Individual Sweepstakes
Craig Zeller
St. Bernard Parish, LA
New Orleans, LA
2003 –
34 Team Titles
8 Team Sweepstakes
17 Individual Titles
4 Individual Sweepstakes
Sandy Wright
Chicago, IL
Utica, MI
1993 – 2022
34 Team Titles
8 Team Sweepstakes
24 Individual Titles
4 Individual Sweepstakes
Dave Campbell
Palm Beach County, FL
1981-1992
29 Team Titles
1 Team Sweepstakes
19 Individual Titles
1 individual Sweepstakes
Joe Butera
Mt. Lebanon, PA
1969 – 1980
28 Team Titles
7 Team Sweepstakes
25 Individual Titles
Cedric Small
Detroit, MI
1998 – 2005
26 Team Titles
3 Team Sweepstakes
30 Individual Titles
5 Individual Sweepstakes
Alex Baker
Ann Arbor, MI
2008 – 2017
25 Team Titles
4 Team Sweepstakes
23 Individual Titles
8 Individual Sweepstakes
Don Shannon
Jefferson Parish, LA
1983 – 1988
24 Team Titles
5 Team Sweepstakes
25 Individual Titles
3 Individual Sweepstakes
Pam (Miller) Placek
South Lyon, MI
1980 – 1989
20 Team Titles
6 Team Sweepstakes
19 Individual Titles
3 Individual Sweepstakes
Ellen Bredeweg
Palm Beach County, FL
1995 –
20 Team Titles
1 Team Sweepstakes
26 Individual Titles
5 Individual Sweepstakes
Mike Steigerwald
Ann Arbor, MI
1980 – 1988
19 Team Titles
3 Team Sweepstakes
17 Individual Titles
Larry Liss
Palm Beach County, FL
1966 – 2016
18 Team Titles
5 Team Sweepstakes
19 Individual Titles
Adrian Prather
Ann Arbor, MI
Forsyth County, GA
1998 –
17 Team Titles
1 Team Sweepstakes
8 Individual Titles
3 Individual Sweepstakes
Jim Davis
Allegheny Valley, PA
1967 – 2000
16 Team Titles
2 Team Sweepstakes
12 Individual Titles
Curtis McGee
Detroit, MI
1981 – 1987
15 Team Titles
2 Team Sweepstakes
17 Individual Titles
4 Individual Sweepstakes
Paula Hidalgo
New Orleans, LA
1983 – 1998
15 Team Titles
3 Team Sweepstakes
12 Individual Titles
1 Individual Sweepstakes
Charisse Ripolle
St. Bernard Parish, LA
1998 – 2003
15 Team Titles
3 Team Sweepstakes
8 Individual Titles
2 Individual Sweepstakes
Mary Jo Petterson
Palm Beach County, FL
1987 – 2015
14 Team Titles
1 Team Sweepstakes
9 Individual Titles
1 Individual Sweepstakes
Betty Anderson
Seneca Valley, PA
1973 – 1982
12 Team Titles
3 Team Sweepstakes
7 Individual Titles
Steve Osborn
Jefferson Parish, LA
1974 – 1981
11 Team Titles
2 Team Sweepstakes
11 Individual Titles
Ian Buchanan
Ann Arbor, MI
1990 – 1997
10 Team Titles
2 Team Sweepstakes
31 Individual Titles
7 Individual Sweepstakes
Ben Coleman
Ann Arbor, MI
1998 – 2004
10 Team Titles
1 Team Sweepstakes
9 Individual Titles
4 Individual Sweepstakes
Yvette Ruffin
Ann Arbor, MI
1998 – 2003
10 Team Titles
1 Team Sweepstakes
7 Individual Titles
3 Individual Sweepstakes
Sandy Bennett
New Orleans, LA
1994 – 2015
9 Team Titles
2 Team Sweepstakes
9 Individual Titles
1 Individual Sweepstakes
Diana Wieberg
New Orleans, LA
Forsyth County, GA
1991 – 2010
9 Team Titles
2 Team Sweepstakes
4 Individual Titles
1 Individual Sweepstakes
Stuart White
Ann Arbor, MI
1975 – 1989
6 Team Titles
3 Team Sweepstakes
2 Individual Titles

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