National History Bee and Bowl – Middle School and Elementary 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! as well as a member of the team that won the 2019 Jeopardy! All Star Games tournament, 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 National Science 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

Jason Russell – Director of IAC US Middle School and Elementary Divisions

Jason serves as the Director of International Academic Competitions’ US Middle School and Elementary Divisions. His passion for quiz bowl started at Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee, 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 an MBA 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

marshall-mullinsMarshall is the Director of Logistics for International Academic Competitions and NHBB. He also serves as Lead Tournament Coordinator for the High School division where he is responsible for tournaments throughout the US. 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