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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 three years, the University of Utah has finished in the top 10 nationally. To learn more about the team’s history and focus, please click here.

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



Michael Middleton
Director of Forensics

Jason Jordan
Assistant Director of Forensics

Loretta Rowley
Assistant Director, Individual Events

Benjamin Mann
Assistant Director, Debate

Rob Layne
Assistant Coach

Ian Summers
Assistant Coach

Duncan Stewart
Assistant Coach

Dakota Park-Ozee
Assistant Coach


Jordan Berkshire

Bryan Casselman

Christopher de Freitas

Pricilla Fehoko

Summer Gomez

Benjamin Jensen

Sierra Johnson

Jerermy Lam

Madeline Lehman

Ricky McKellar

Courtney Nilson

Ashton Poindexter

Zachary Ray

Amanda Shepherd

Jose Soto

Averie Vockel

Shad Wojciechowski

Daniel Ybarra


Last Updated: 8/21/17