Rick Barry Award

2017: Leila Bass, Mary Persons HS

Leila Bass is a founding member of GATA and was the coach for the Mary Persons HS team. After her retirement, she continues to help read at GATA event all across the state. 

2017: Mitch Alday, Bainbridge HS
Mitch Alday was the coach at Bainbridge HS and has played the game in Georgia in HS, College, and Open level events. He helped expand the game to many teams in South Georgia. 

2016: No Award Presented

2015: Dr. Byron Boyd

Dr. Byron Boyd is the longtime coach of the Savannah Country Day School academic team and member of GATA since its founding. Dr. Boyd was at one time the director of the annual coaches' meeting in Macon but has since volunteered his time moderating many GATA events.

2014: No Award Presented

2013: Jeff Burns

Jeff Burns is the current academic team coach at Ola High School in McDonnough, GA. He was also the former coach at Henry County High School and helped establish the Ola team when the school opened. He has also been a gracious host for GATA state level events for many years. GATA awarded the Rick Barry Award for his "dedicated and meritorious service to quizbowl in the state of Georgia as coach at Ola High School and as President of the Georgia Academic Team Association from 2010-2012."

2012: Adam Silverman

Adam Silverman was a player and coach at Centennial High School. Mr. Silverman was not only one of the premier players in the state and nation, but he also coached his own team, advised other teams, directed tournaments, and is still a vested member of the Georgia quizbowl community. He continues to write questions and serves as a tournament reader for GATA events in his spare time.


2011: J. R. "Rick" Barry

JR “Rick “ Barry was a longtime coach at Brookwood High School in Snellville. Mr. Barry was one of the founders of GATA and ACE Quiz Bowl Camps. He was a longtime GATA board member and former President. As the coach at Brookwood, his BISB tournament became the largest (and oldest) single day high school quizbowl event in the nation. He has been a proponent of quizbowl in Georgia by making the game accessible to all teams at every level.
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