Classic Debate Camp™  Welcomes  Our 5th Coaching Fellow


This summer, Mr. Robert Duncan of Louisville High School and Alliance High School will be joining Classic Debate Camp at Miami University as our fifth coaching fellow. Classic Debate Camp offers a special program for coaches who want to learn how to teach Lincoln-Douglas, Public Forum, Extemporaneous Speaking, and/or Congressional Debate or who want to improve their ability to coach those events. They can attend the full duration of camp (July 10-18, 2021, or July 26-August 6, 2021) and sit in on all lectures, lab meetings, and electives. They can observe our outstanding instructors at work with all levels of debaters. Not only will they deepen their understanding of the events, they will also pick up many effective coaching techniques. Our first coaching fellow was Mr. Kevin McDougal of Perry High School; he attended CDC in 2018. Our second coaching fellow was Mr. Nick McFadden of Highland High School; he attended CDC in 2019. Our third and fourth coaching fellows were Ms. Kim Jordan of Athens High School and Mr. Jeff Pierce of University School; they both attended Classic Debate Camp-Virtual in 2020.

Mr. Robert J. Duncan is the Head Debate Coach at Alliance High School in Alliance, Ohio. He also teaches Grade 3 mathematics, science, and social studies in Alliance, where he will be entering his 33rd year in the classroom. Mr. Duncan earned both his Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Education from Walsh University. Mr. Duncan served as a debate judge while his older son Robert P. Duncan competed in the Eastern Ohio District from 2016-2020. (Robert attended CDC in 2018.) While judging, Mr. Duncan realized the value of speech and debate, and he decided to revive the long dormant program at Alliance High School in the 2020-2021 season. The inaugural season in Alliance brought great enthusiasm and success, including a third place finish in LD at the OSDA State Finals and a National Qualifier in LD in the Eastern Ohio District. Mr. Duncan plans to use the experience at CDC to strengthen the new Alliance debate program and expand the team’s current debate offerings.

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