There were many coaches who were dismayed by the logistics of the 2011 NSC. There are many coaches, including myself, who are unsure if we will return to the NSC given what transpired. What's done is done. We must move on with an eye towards a much better 2012 NSC.
There are a number of smart, well-meaning people who are a part of PACE, but I believe that the group needs a reality check. Many coaches with whom I talked knew the format was a bad idea. The PACE folks need advice from the group with the most experience. They need advice from a coaches advisory board. How much better could the 2011 NSC have been had the cabal--and I do not use that term without acknowledging its history-- gotten a reality check heading into the event from a group that might have included (and these are just a few coaches whose opinions I personally respect) Mr. Huff, Mr. Flowers, or Mr. Reinstein? It is very possible we could have avoided some of the pitfalls that plagued the 2011 NSC.
I suggest that this group be selected based on geographic diversity; most (if not all) quiz bowl regions should be represented. I suggest that this group be comprised of coaches with multiple years experience. I suggest that coaches who are interested in this advisory board volunteer. I believe this is the best way in which we as coaches can help ensure a better 2012 NSC for our students.
Director, Texas Quiz Bowl Alliance
Coach, St. John's School
Former Player, Texas A&M University