All of our coaches are massive debate nerds who absolutely love sharing their knowledge and experience.
Coach to coaches and debaters, alike, Marc debated for 6 years in NCFCA team policy and for 3 years in various forms of collegiate parliamentary debate, where he won numerous tournaments at both the regional and national levels. In the years since, he has coached dozens of NCFCA teams, including the 2019 National Champions as well as other nationally-ranked teams. He has been an NCFCA Intensive policy debate coach as well as a speaker for their 2020 Online Summit. Marc has taught speech and debate to middle school students through the Rose Institute and runs The Thoughtful Gamer, where he writes and podcasts about modern board games. Outside of that web of activity, Marc enjoys cooking, movies, and golf of both the normal and disc varieties.
Robert loves debate! He competed in NCFCA for four years — two years in Lincoln Douglas debate and two years in team policy. Since then, he has completed a physics degree at Gordon College and works in research and development. He believes the critical thinking skills learned in debate will serve you well in every area of life, whether in the sciences, in the humanities, or in the Christian faith. Debate brings together the intellectual rigor of academia and the excitement of competition in a unique way, and he looks forward to exploring its many possibilities with you all!
Deidra Hall is a recent high school graduate who has competed in NCFCA for seven years. She has competed in Lincoln Douglas for five years, Team Policy for two years, and even Moot Court this past season. Last year she received first place at a qualifying tournament, the Regional Championship, and Ziggy Nationals as well as three first place speaker awards. This season she has made it to finals at two qualifying tournaments, first place at a National Open, and two first place speaker awards. She also received first place Oral Advocate at a Moot Court qualifier and placed second at the National Championship for Moot Court. Deidra loves watching her students succeed, and this year each of the students she coached have advanced to elimination rounds, one winning a qualifier and another winning the Regional Championship. Deidra is excited to share her passion for Lincoln Douglas debate with the students at camp this year.
Nick is a rising senior at Patrick Henry College, where he has competed in their parliamentary debate, civic debate, and moot court programs. With his civic debate partner, he won the 2021 Lafayette Debates US National Championship, together becoming the first underclassmen to do so. Over four years of competition in NCFCA policy debate, he won three qualifying tournaments, earned top finishes at national opens, and won top speaker awards. Nick qualified to nationals twice, placing 7th at the 2019 National Championship alongside his brother Will. His emphasis on hard work and top-notch research earned him a nationwide reputation as an excellent debater. He fondly remembers his time in high school debate for learning to critically evaluate ideas and making incredible friendships. Having coached at SNOW policy debate club for three years, he loves investing in driven debate students and guiding them in building integrity, advanced skills, and ethical character through excellent competition. Nick has coached for the NCFCA Intensive Online speech and policy debate. He has been a DFWSD Sourcebook author for several years and is helped produce their first STOA Sourcebook. He loves reading, playing piano, and adventuring.