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About Us

The John R. Park Debate Society (the University of Utah Speech and Debate Team) is sponsored and housed in the Department of Communication in the College of Humanities. The team focuses on three main activities: sponsoring public debate events, high school outreach, and hosting and competing in intercollegiate competitions. The University of Utah Speech & Debate Team is one of the oldest in the western United States and has a long tradition of competitive success. For the last six years, the University of Utah has finished in the top 10 nationally, including winning the 2017 NPDA Season-Long National Championship. To learn more about the team’s history and focus, as well as how to join, please click here.

We welcome students from any major and any year on campus to participate in one or more of our activities. If you have additional questions, email us.




Jason Jordan
Assistant Director of Forensics

Averie Vockel
Assistant Coach/Public Event Coordinator

Frank Gigray
Assistant Coach

Kensey Dressler
Assistant Coach

Micah Huff
Assistant Coach

Alexis Vega

Assistant Coach



Alex Garr

Ashton Poindexter

Ashton Zeeman

Grace Osusky

Jared Lange

Katie Workman

Leo Doctorman

Ryan Knippel

Scarlet Urey

Taimur Iftikhar

Thane Zeeh

Tiffany Chan

Umair Subhani

Vivian Lee


Last Updated: 8/19/20