Mike Murray Lincoln Douglas and Parliamentary Debate Coach
Ebru Dogan Elementary and Little Novas Coach
Bruno Mastradicasa Congress and Elementary Coach
Ted KimStudent Congress Coach
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%.