Associate Director of Debate at Woodward Academy
Dr. William Jensen is the director of debate and assistant professor of human communication at Trinity University. As the director of Trinity for the past three years he has coached teams to consistent top 25 performances, clearing teams at the National Debate Tournament the past two years (including a team of two first-years). In addition, he was named the 2016 George Ziegelmueller Coach of the Year at the National Debate Tournament (the youngest recipient in the history of the award). As a professor, he consistently receives high marks from students, teaching courses in Argumentation, Persuasion, and Political Communication. Will is passionate about facilitating students’ growth in the three core areas of debate: research, reasoning, and rhetoric.
Head Debate Coach at Michigan State University
Will joined Michigan State University’s staff after coaching at East Lansing High School where his teams won several Michigan State Championships and the 1995 NCFL National Championship. Will’s success has continued in his college coaching career where he has catapaulted Michigan State to an era of national prominence and excellence,including national championships in 2004, 2006, and 2010. Will was named the 2000 College Coach of the Year.
Debate Coach at Marist School
Abby Schirmer is the head policy debate coach at Marist School in Atlanta, GA. During her years of coaching, she has advanced students to the late elimination rounds or has won nearly every national tournament in the country including; Wake Forest, Greenhill, St. Marks, the Glenbrooks, MBA, Emory, Harvard and the NDCA. She coached the National Debate Coaches’ Association Baker Award winners in 2013 and 2014. In 2011, she was named Rising Star by the NDCA, an award given to the top debate coach in the country in their first through third years of coaching. Abby has worked at the Spartan Debate Institutes since 2004. Prior to coaching high school, Abby debated for four years at Michigan State University.
Director of Debate at Woodward Academy
This is Maggie’s fourth year working with the Hoya-Spartan Scholars. As debater for Dartmouth College, she reached the quarterfinals of the NDT, the semifinals of CEDA Nationals and received two first-round bids to the NDT. She is a 2012 inductee to the Key Coaches of the Barkley Forum at Emory University. Maggie has coached NDCA National Champions, the champions of numerous national tournaments including St. Mark’s, and the top speaker at the NDCA Championship and the Tournament of Champions. Her teams have twice won the Georgia State Championship. She is also the former Director of Debate at Chattahoochee and Lexington.
Head Debate Coach at Pine Crest High School
Jeremy Hammond is the Head Debate Coach for Pine Crest School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Jeremy Debate for Michigan State University from 2004-2008. Jeremy has coached numerous teams to elimination rounds of every major national tournament his school has attended including the Tournament of Champions. He has coached his teams to three Florida State champions and also won the Florida policy debate coach of the year award three times.