Camp director - Nicole Cornish - is currently the director of forensics at Athens High School and author of the 2018-2019 high school immigration topic. In high school, she was the 3A state champion in policy debate and persuasive extemp, qualified for NFL nationals in policy debate (twice), foreign extemp, and original oratory. As a DoF she has coached a state octofinalist, two state quarterfinalists, a state semifinalist team, and four state champion teams in policy debate, two state qualifiers in LD debate, silver medalist in informative extemp, a silver medal and two state champions in poetry,a state champion extemp speaker, a state champion in congressional debate and state-champion runner up speech team. 



CX Staff (under construction)


Preston Stolte (Winston Churchill High School)


Adam Lipton


Rory McKenzie - is a decorated former competitor and current high school forensics coach.  He is a former UIL State Champion and NFL National Qualifier in Policy Debate (as well as a speaker award winner).  His teaching career includes stints at Salado High School, Hallsville High School, Van High School, Royse City High School, and most currently Lindale High School.  In total, Rory has coached (or assisted in coaching) several state qualifiers, medalists, and champions, including the 5A state champions in CX for the past three years (also earning silver in two of the three years and a bronze in the other year). He also has coached the state champion runner up in CX at TFA state in 2016 and 2017.


Chuck Brandon -  is currently the debate coach at Berkner High School.  He has previous stints at an assistant at UNT and SFA.  He was also the director of debate at Baytown Lee HS.  Chuck was a high school debater at Nacogdoches High School and debate collegiately (TOC and CEDA) at Stephen F. Austin.  As the debate assistant coach at UNT, he coached teams to NDT bids. As a high school coach, he has coached numerous UIL and TFA medalists, NDCA qualifiers, TOC qualifiers and NFL nationals elimination round participants in various debate events at Baytown Lee and Berkner.


Kinsey Martin - currently the co-director of forensics at Athens High School. In high school he was a three-time 4A State Qualifier in policy and a three-time national qualifier to NSDA Nationals in Congressional Debate. In college he was ranked in the top 50 NPTE parliamentary debate teams and as a freshman won a bronze in policy debate and impromptu speaking. As a coach he has coached 3 state octofinalists, 3 state quarterfinalists, 2 state semifinalists, and a state champion team in policy, a state qualifier in LD Debate, a bronze medalist in informative extemp, 1 state qualifiers in persuasive extemp, a silver medalist and finalist in persuasive extemp, eight state finalists in Congressional debate and a bronze and silver medalist in Congressional Debate and a state champion speech team. 


Shelby Randolph -


Chris O'Brien



LD Staff (under construction)


Cheri Wienecke (Lometa High School) - 


Perry Beard (Cy-Fair High School) - Bio coming soon


Richard Colling - just completed his 15th year as a debate coach and was awarded his first diamond from the National Forensics League this past year. He has worked the past ten years at Stony Point high school, where his students experience success in UIL, TFA, and NFL competitions and repeatedly win local tournaments. He is also the cofounder of The Forensics Files, successful and respected forensics company.



Individual Events Staff (under construction)


JP Fugler – is one of the speech and debate coaches at Lindale HS. He frequently presents at the annual UIL Capital Conference. In his three years of teaching, he has advanced students to the TFA State Semifinals in Original Oratory and Finals in Poetry Interpretation and Senate. His students have won two UIL State Championships in LD Debate and Persuasive Speaking. He had a student advance to Round 10 at NFL Nationals in LD Debate. He also coached a student to a 3rd Place finish at the TOC Round Robin and to the NCFL National Championship in Original Oratory.


Kari McKenzie - has been actively involved in the speech and debate community for over 20 years. He is a former UIL state competitor in Policy Debate and earned a gavel award at state. She continued her involvement at the college level where she was a four year competitor in CEDA, parley, and multiple interpretation events and speaking events. Her teaching career includes teaching theatre and debate at Gladewater high school (7 years), Gilmer high school (5 years), Royse City high school and most recently has moved to Lindale. Kari has coached many state qualifiers, medalists and champions. 


Kristi Hodgkiss -  Kristi Hodgkiss is the Director of Forensics at North Lamar High School in Paris, coaching all Speech and Debate events there.  She has been a recipient of the UIL Sponsor Excellence Award and was named the National Federation of High Schools Outstanding Speech, Debate, and Theatre Teacher for 2014.  She has served on the UIL LD and Extemporaneous Speaking State Advisory Committees, is a two-diamond coach for the NSDA, and has served the UIL District of the NSDA as the district chair for the past 7 years.  "Lady H" has coached 34 state medalists, in addition to 12 state champions.  7 of those champions were in extemporaneous speaking.  She has been coaching extemporaneous speaking since 1993; it is her very favorite speech and debate event, because without extemp, one cannot be really good at any of the others.  


Matthew Stewart - Matthew Stewart is currently the debate coach for Byron Nelson High School.  In 5 years of coaching he has qualified students to TFA and UIL State competitions in interp and speaking events as well as several qualifiers to the NSDA National tournament in Oratory and Dramatic Interpretation as well as qualifiers in various debate events.  Most recently he coached a student to a 2nd place finish at the Harvard National tournament, finals in Oratory and semifinals in DI at TFA State, and added in quite a few 1st place finishes in both at various TFA circuit tournaments.  



Coaches Workshop Staff


Tim Cook - is the founder of Texas Speech and Debate Camp. He is a NFL diamond key coach, UIL Sponsor of Excellence Award recipient, and received the Alumni teacher of the year award from the University of Texas. Tim yearly presents coaching workshops for UIL. Additionally, he serves on the LD State Advisory committee. He has coached multiple UIL state champions and qualified multiple students to TFA State, NFL Nationals, and the TOC. He is currently the coach at Salado High School. 




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