Bob Kilner is the former quizbowl coach at Garfield Heights High School in Ohio. He is taking a break from coaching to complete his masters degree, but will still read, moderate and write questions.
Yeah, he pretty much blew but his team still managed to make it to OAC regionals and win a couple games. Then, they made the mistake of attending NAC in 2001. At least New Orleans is a pretty cool city (pre-Katrina). He did get to play with Chris Ray at the MLK though and he stays active by playing TRASH quite often.
Bob took over at Garfield Heights at the ripe age of 18 after his coach was forced to resign amidst some political garbage. He did so with the sole intent of making sure that the school district did not get rid of the team (which they had tried to many times). He cited the fact that besides paying the coach a supplemental, the team raises all their own money.
Since December 2001, Kilner-coached teams have won over 800 matches while losing only 170. His 2005 team finally captured a tournament title at the Glen Gonsalves Memorial and went on to plow their way to an OAC Northeast Regional Championship. However, at the state level, they fell victim to Bryce Avery questions and were trounced. Returning only senior captain Jim Hrdlicka in 2005-2006, the team won several tournaments and captured the team's first state title, the NAQT Division I championship by going 10-0 at the state tournament. In 2007, returning the entire team besides Hrdlicka, the team surprised the entire state when they won the elusive OAC State Championship by defeating Fisher Catholic 37-33 in the finals.
In 2008, the team won its 2nd NAQT State Championship, defeating Stow-Munroe Falls in the semifinals and Solon High School 320-275 in the finals. They followed it up with a victory in the OAC State Finals for the 2nd year in a row, defeating Solon 58-44. Thanks to their OAC win, GHHS will be representing Ohio at PAC.
At the conclusion of the 2008 season, Bob stepped down as coach at Garfield Heights with over 700 wins and 4 state titles. His former assistant, Helen Lindsay and another teacher, Jeff Cunningham will take over coaching duties, where they will undoubtedly sink the program.
Over the course of 8 years coaching, if there is anything Bob is proud of, it is that all of his 60+ players have gone on to 4-year colleges upon graduation. In a normal school with a good quizbowl team, that may be looked upon strangely. But in Garfield Heights, Ohio where the college attendance rate is under 50%, he considers this quite an accomplishment.
In 2015, Bob Kilner assumed the coaching position for the quiz bowl / Academic Challenge program at his current employer, North High School of Eastlake, Ohio.
From the late 2000's until 2014, Bob published his annual OAC Report on the Ohio QuizBowl Forum. The Report considered each of the six regions that feed into Ohio's state tournament, the Ohio Academic Competition. Doing so, he made predictions as to which two schools would advance from each region on the road to Columbus to play for a state title while also designating titular "First Team", "Second Team", and "Honorable Mention" All-Ohio selections in an attempt to recognize the efforts of youngsters from all corners of the state. This is particularly noteworthy in that Bob carefully looked into quiz bowl happenings across the Buckeye State, and as a result he was able to give praise and distinction to many high school students that weren't on teams that usually would be seen on the broader Ohio quiz bowl tournament circuits.
Bob is also the head editor and writer of the pop culture/sports tournament known as TRASH which is played annually in the wintertime in Ohio at host sites such as Olmsted Falls, Tippecanoe, and often other schools. When he isn't coaching quiz bowl, Bob can often be found coaching baseball during the high school season, the summer travelball season, as well as enjoying the many television/movie creations of Mike Judge. Bob's other hobbies include making lame jokes, taking long walks in the park, and helping Fisher Catholic coach and fellow OAC Committee member Lynn Stevenson figure out how to use her cell phone.