Phil Blessman

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Phil Blessman is the head coach at John-F.-Kennedy-School, Berlin, Germany. He has been coaching high school quizbowl since 2000, serving as the head coach at the Latin School of Chicago (2000-2001), Conserve School (2002-2004), Culver Academies (2004-2014), and JFKS (2014-present). He has led each of his teams to strong statewide finishes, including a 5th-place Illinois Class A finish with Latin in 2001, two Wisconsin state championships at Conserve School in 2003 and 2004, NAQT Indiana State Championships with Culver in 2005, 2009, and 2010, 2nd Place NAQT State finishes with Culver in 2006, 2007, and 2008, an Indiana NAC State Championship in 2009, and 2011 and 2012 Rotary Indiana Class AAA State Championships. On the US-national stage, his teams have competed in nine NAQT HSNCT championships, two History Bowl National Championships, one PACE NSC, and one Questions Unlimited competition calling itself a National Championship. His teams have amassed an overall record at US National Championships of 71-63 (0.529) with Culver's three second-round playoff appearances at HSNCT (2009, 2010, 2012), a regional semifinal finish at NAC by Latin in 2001, and an Elite Eight appearance by Culver at the 2010 NHBB being his teams' top US finishes. JFKS won the inaugural European Quizbowl Championship in 2016.

Career coaching record

Year School Games Wins Losses %
2000–2001 Latin School of Chicago (IL) 92 71 21 .772
2002–2003 Conserve School (WI) 64 51 13 .797
2003–2004 Conserve School (WI) 89 71 18 .798
2004–2005 Culver (IN) 70 41 29 .586
2005–2006 Culver (IN) 62 48 14 .774
2006–2007 Culver (IN) 101 70 31 .693
2007–2008 Culver (IN) 115 73 42 .635
2008–2009 Culver (IN) 106 79 27 .745
2009–2010 Culver (IN) 154 107 47 .695
2010–2011 Culver (IN) 134 88 46 .657
2011–2012 Culver (IN) 121 87 34 .719
2012–2013 Culver (IN) 106 76 30 .769
2013–2014 Culver (IN) 117 66 51 .564
2014-2015 JFKS (Germany) 12 10 2 .833
2015-2016 JFKS (Germany) 25 21 4 .840
2016-2017 JFKS (Germany) 18 16 2 .889
2017-2018 JFKS (Germany) 14 11 3 .786
2018-2019 JFKS (Germany) 5 5 0 1.000
Career Totals      1406 992 414 .706