You can help support the promotion of academic competition in Missouri.

All Missouri academic coaches, as well as those interested in promoting excellence in academic competition, are eligible for membership in MACA.

MACA uses its dues to purchase medals for all-district and all-state teams, to host a state-wide Junior Varsity tournament, and to support Missouri national competition teams. We also provide aid and information to coaches through newsletters and e-mail correspondence. In addition, MACA hosts an informative annual convention each fall.

2013 MACA Annual Conference

Submitted by Al Nicolai on Fri, 09/13/2013 - 7:55am

The annual meeting of the Missouri Academic Coaches Association takes place Monday, October 7, 2013, at the headquarters of the Missouri High School Activities Association at 1 North Keene Street in Columbia. Conference registration is $25; more information on advance payment of this and annual membership dues can be found at the Members link on this page.

In Memoriam: MACA VP Bob Brown

Submitted by Al Nicolai on Wed, 12/19/2012 - 1:24pm

It is with great sadness that we forward the news of the recent passing of MACA vice-president Bob Brown, longtime member of the coaching staff at Richland High School. Bob had maintained his strong connections to our activity despite a series of strokes over the last several months. In the words of Bill Luce, the dean of Missouri academic competition, "Bob was very dedicated to Scholar Bowl and he will be missed."

2012 State Tournament Individual Medalists

Submitted by Al Nicolai on Fri, 05/11/2012 - 11:19am

Class 1
Paul Grant, Mound City, 25.4/game
Justin Brown, Thomas Jefferson, 14.0
John Semlitsch, Columbia Independent, 12.5
Kevin Hengemuehle, Northeast, 11.67
Brady McCaskey, Polo, 9.5
Tyler Davison, St. Joseph Christian, 6.4
Aaron Schmidt, St. Joseph Christian, 4.4
Clayton Woolery, Thomas Jefferson, 4.25

Class 2
Luke Voyles, Twin Rivers, 15.0
Aidan Coyle, Barstow, 13.6
Sam Miller, Richland, 10.0
Blake Roberts, College Heights, 8.0
Rebecca Marvin, Barstow, 7.0
Nathan McFeeters, Fordland, 7.0
Josh Keller, Scotland, 6.67

2012 MACA Conference September 23-24

Submitted by Al Nicolai on Tue, 03/06/2012 - 8:04am

The annual MACA Conference will happen on September 23-24, 2012, in Columbia. All coaches and sponsors (especially new coaches and sponsors!)are encouraged to attend. The Missouri State High School Activities Association will tentatively “host,” providing conference and breakout rooms for the Monday sessions, thanks to the generous intercession of MSHSAA Associate Executive Director Stacy Schroeder. That means that planning for next year begins, and the window of opportunity opens for volunteers who have new ideas (or even old ones) for presenting breakout sessions.

2011 Annual MACA Conference

Submitted by Al Nicolai on Wed, 09/28/2011 - 3:07pm

The annual conference of the Missouri Academic Coaches Association—also known as “The First-Ever Second Annual Brainstorm at the Lake”—took place on Sept. 25-26, 2011, at Osage Beach, Missouri. The free exchange of ideas, information and opinions scored a success with attendees from across the state (except for that one grouchy guy—you know the one I mean.)

2010 MACA Convention summary

Submitted by Al Nicolai on Wed, 09/29/2010 - 8:16pm
Nighttime photo of the lake.  We were here.  Where were you?
We were here. Where were you?

“The Brainstorm at the Lake,” MACA’s annual conference, hit the Inn at Grand Glaize in Osage Beach on September 26-27, and was declared a success. The day featured a variety of breakout sessions, a “new” president in the morning, and an election of a vice-president in the afternoon. Coach of the Year awards went to four top coaches, and member-emeritus Troy Kinast won the Carol Farmer Founders Award. One karma-charmed member won a new ZeeCraft buzzer system, donated by the ZeeCraft people.

2010 MACA Honorees

Submitted by Al Nicolai on Wed, 09/29/2010 - 8:11pm

2010 Coaches of the Year

  • Class 1 — Lori Chester, St. Joseph Christian
  • Class 2 — Jen Padberg, Barstow
  • Class 3 — Shawn Logan, Smithville
  • Class 4 — Bob Odzinski, Kirksville

2009-10 Carol Farmer Founder's Award

  • Troy Kinast, Thomas Jefferson