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Iain Lampert    Assistant Coach

Iain Lampert is one of the most acclaimed Speech and Debate coaches in the Nation. Before the time he graduated college, he received the rank of Special Distinction from the National Speech and Debate Association for his prolific work as a coach--one of less than a dozen people his age to be awarded the title across the country.

He also helped found competitive teams at the Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies and the Charter High School of the Arts (CHAMPS), and served as an assistant coach at Emerson Middle School, and Dougherty Valley High School.

Within two years of starting as a coach, Iain was inducted into 3P Speech, one of the most selective coaching organizations in the nation. Within three years, he was awarded the position of lecturer at the Stanford National Forensics Institute. He has coached State semifinalists, finalists, and champions, as well as National finalists at both the middle and high school levels.
During his time at UCLA, where he graduated with a degree in Political Science, Iain served as captain of their mock trial team. When Iain competed with UCLA Mock Trial, the team qualified for nationals in four consecutive years, won three regional championships, won the Tournaments of Champions (defeating Harvard University on a 10-to-1 decision), and won the National Championship itself--twice. Iain was honored with over a dozen individual awards for his outstanding advocacy, including the highest honors of All-American Attorney and All-American Witness, and was named the best competitor at the Tournament of Champions. The award for best advocate is now named the "Iain Lampert Award" in his honor.
Iain competed in Speech and Debate with Cleveland High School from 2008 to 2010. There, he won thirteen Tri-County Forensic League championships, and remains the only person in that league's history to receive perfect scores and ranks from nine consecutive judges at a single tournament. He is the all-time California State record holder for Impromptu Speaking victories, and won the California State Championship in Impromptu with the highest number of perfect scores in the history of the event. He also won a championship at the DTASC (Drama Teacher's Association of Southern California) Fall Festival.
Mike Kyle    Director of Forensics / CEO
An accomplished public speaker for many years, Coach Mike began his competitive speaking career at the age of 12 when he was invited to attend a high school speaking competition on behalf of South Salem High School (even though he was still in junior high!).  Mike won first place in both the Novice division of Humorous Interpretation and junior division of Lincoln Douglas Debate.  From then on and throughout high school, Mike went on to win 78 times, taking home 117 trophies along the way.  Among his early accomplishments, Mike became the youngest recipient of the National Forensics League’s (NFL) coveted double ruby, receiving it in his freshman year of high school.  Throughout high school, Mike took home the most awards in the Policy Cross Examination Debate format, in addition to winning many awards for Lincoln Douglas and Student Congress. Mike was awarded a debate scholarship to Arizona State University and continued winning speech and debate tournaments in college, in both NDT and CEDA formats. Graduating Magna Cum Laude from ASU with a B.S. in Engineering, Mike also became a notable and sought-after public speaker in the Printing and Marketing industry, speaking at industry events such as VUE Point and PODi. Mike began realizing his dream of mentoring students in speech and debate in 2011.  In a relatively short time, Mike and his students became forces to be reckoned with in the speech and debate world.  Mike’s training has helped his students represent their own high schools and win top awards by using his unique method of research, critical thinking, character development and argumentation style.   His caring and personalized mentoring has caused many of his students to tell him that he is not only the best speech and debate coach they have ever had, he is also the BEST TEACHER they have ever had!  Perhaps the most vivid example of his unique coaching style is that, at tournaments, Mike does not abandon his students by hanging out in the coaches’ lounge, socializing with other coaches and eating the bad pizza.  Rather, he is right in the trenches with his students, sitting with them in the student cafeteria or group area, going over strategies, and planning for the next round. He is there for them 110%.

Ebru Dogan         Elementary and Little Novas Coach

Trevor Larson     Interpretation and Performance Events Coach

Ted Kim         Student Congress Coach