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Harvard Debate

I first started working with Harvard Debate in 2000, when I was coaching debate at Boston College. During that time, I started working with Harvard Debate to run the policy division of its large high school invitational tournament, which is the largest invitational speech and debate tournament in the world.  I have run the policy division with Dr. James Wilson since he was a student debater at Harvard.

In 2002, I co-founded with Harvard Debate.  Planet Debate is a website that features research and instructional materials for coaches and debaters in the United States, with some individuals accessing it from abroad. Most of the resources on the site are for policy debate, Lincoln-Douglas Debate, Public Forum Debate, and Congressional Debate. I managed this website until the fall of 2015.

After I left Boston College in 2004 to focus primarily on high school debate, I began working part-time as an Assistant Debate Coach for the Harvard Debate Council (HDC).  Between 2004 and 2010, I traveled to more than 50 debate tournaments with the HDC to provide assistance with research, argument development, scouting, and judging at the nation’s leading debate tournaments.  During that time, the team won the CEDA national championship, received the Copeland award for the top-ranked two person team in the United States, won numerous tournaments, and reached the late elimination rounds of many other national tournaments.

I also started directing the tabulation of the HDC college policy tournament in 2004 and continue to do that on an annual basis.

In 2009, I co-developed the HDC Summer Workshops.  In July of 2010, the HDC held its first debate workshop since the late 1970s.  Our first summer program was a 2 week program in Public Forum debate that drew exactly 100 students from around the United States, including 6 electronic participants.  I co-directed this workshop through the summer of 2014.

In 2011, I worked with the HDC to continue the development of the workshops. We added a program in policy debate and I also worked with a company in China to being recruiting students from there to attend the workshop.  In 2012, the workshops attracted 220 students from the US, Korea, India, Canada, and the UK.  And additional 122 students attended from China. This year (2014), our fourth, we are expecting 400 participants.

I also spent a substantial portion of the 2011-12 academic year working under a grant to facilitate the development of debate programming in the US. As part of this grant, I facilitated the transition of, a website that provided debate tournament entry and results reporting to  This transition enabled the development of a website based on a more robust IT infrastructure and also provided funding aimed at developing a sustainable website, as was entirely a volunteer service until that year.