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(Elite Leadership Institute is the Exclusive Contact and Agent in big Chicago area of the following coaches. Please contact ELI if you are interested in online courses with the US Top-Tier Debate / Speech Coaches.)

Our debate camp will live stream the courses by some of these coaches.

​​​Debate Teachers

Brian Manuel is the Director of Policy Debate at Stanford University and the Director of Debate at Edgemont Junior High/High School. 

Prior to Stanford, Brian coached for Harvard University, where his teams were greatly successful achieving multiple First Round At-Large bids to the National Debate Tournament and participating in elimination rounds at every tournament they attended. At Stanford, Brian has coached teams to the elimination rounds of the National Debate Tournament, Cross-Examination Debate Association National Championship along with the University of Missouri-Kansas City, University of Nevada Las Vegas, Arizona State, Gonzaga, and San Francisco State University. On the high school circuit, Brian has coached the champions of the 2003 Bronx Science, 2008 Barkley Forum, 2011 Meadows & USC tournaments, and the 2012 Golden Desert Invitational. In addition, Brian has had multiple teams in the elimination rounds of the Tournament of Champions, NDCA, NCFL, and NSDA Nationals with finals finishes in 2007 and 2012, in addition to coaching the top speaker at NSDA Nationals in 2013. In 2015, Brian began coaching debate at Edgemont high school.  

In his first year, Brian coached one Policy team to the TOC, with the team earning 6 TOC bids and reaching the quarterfinals at Harvard. 

​​​​​​Iain Lampert Iain is one of the foremost high school public speaking educators in America. He is a lifelong advocate for Speech and Debate; he has founded seven teams, coached winners of over 5,000 individual awards (in addition to over 700 individual championships, including multiple state and national champions), received the National Distinguished Service Award for his contributions to the activity, and currently serves as chairman of the West Los Angeles district of the National Speech and Debate Association.
During his time as a high school competitor, Iain set a record for the number of Impromptu Speaking championships in a single season; during his college years, he won the American Mock Trial Association’s national championship twice.

Here’s what he and his team was able to produce across the last four years of national competitions.
1. FOUR NATIONAL CHAMPIONS in 2017 and in 2018.
2. FOUR NATIONAL RUNNERS-UP  in 206 and in 2018.
3. FIVE NATIONAL FINALISTS in 2017 and in 2018.
4. EIGHT NATIONAL SEMIFINALISTS  in 2015, in 2017 and in 2018.

Stefan Bauschard A debate coach for the Harvard Debate Council for many years, and currently the Debate Coach for Lakeland School District, Stefan has been actively teaching speaking and debating in the United States at both the high school and college levels since 1994. During that time, he has taught hundreds of students, developed and tabulated more than seventy-five tournaments, spent thousands of hours developing research and instructional materials for debaters all over the country, and has developed academic speech and debate workshops in the United States and abroad.

Recently (2012-17), Stefan worked with Dipont Education Management and the US Speech & Debate Organization to develop debate in China, Japan, Korea, Morocco, and the Dominican Republic.

Stefan previously co-founded another major debate workshop and served as the workshop co-director from 2010-2014. That workshop served more than 1,200 students from all over the world, including Canada, China, India, Mexico, South Korea, Taiwan, the U.K., and the United States.

In 2014, he founded The Speaking & Debating Academy (now Millennial Debate), a company dedicated to providing training in public speaking and advocacy to middle school students in the US and high school students abroad. Millennial Debate now serves both middle school and high school students.

In 2017, he coached the top JV Public Forum speaker at Stanford (out of 220), the 8th best speaker at Harvard (out of 500), the winner of the TOC International Public Forum division, and the novice winner of the Changsha, China tournament

Stefan is active in the development and oversight of all of the programs in all of the Millennial Debate locations. He will also be delivering many lectures.

Ann Farrell is a highly trained and Certified Master Executive Coach. She leverages her impressive corporate experience of creating success, with her coaching skills to ignite high performance in people, teams and organizations through “In-Powerment”.  She combines 30-years of corporate experience leading groups as large as 5,000 and budgets as big as $8 billion with coaching best practices to support her clients to achieve breakthrough results.

The teacher has coached more than 1,000 executives, senior and emerging leaders in organizations including: GE, BP, AllState, Chicago Cubs, North Western University, Ohio State University, etc.  

In addition to her corporate experience creating success, she is widely trained and certified in key industry coaching best practices.​


Robert Carroll The instructor has coached both public speaking and debating for 25 years at Munster HS, Merrillville HS, Homewood-Flossmoor HS, and Glenbard West HS.  
He has coached all presently offered debate, limited preparation public speaking and prepared public speaking events in both Illinois and Indiana.  He has received the Diamond Coach Award from the National Speech and Debate Association for outstanding work in coaching high school students.

Larry Balfe (Former) has taught high school students in speech and debate for thirty years in Texas public schools. During that time, he has coached students who have won the Texas Forensic State Championship in Dramatic, Humorous, and Duet Acting. They also entered many finalists in those events, as well as Extemporaneous and Oratory.  

His students have also won the University Interscholastic League championships in Informative Speaking and Prose and Poetry Interpretations. He has coached several National Speech and Debate Finalists in Humorous, Prose, Dramatic, Impromptu and Humorous Duet as well.

Since his early retirement from Texas public schools, Mr. Balfe has continued to work as a theater/speech consultant for local junior high and high schools and is judging for the Texas One-Act Play Contest.

Matthew Beifuss is the Director of Debate for College of DuPage. He has experience coaching speech and debate at all levels, from elementary to college, particularly Extemporaneous, Impromptu and Persuasive speaking and Parliamentary debate.

Students coached by Matthew have won numerous awards at state and national tournaments, including an Illinois State championship, three Novice Nationals champions in two forms of debate, and Team Sweepstakes Gold and Silver at the Phi Rho Pi national tournament.

Richard Oberbruner is an English Major from the University of Wisconsin. His writing range spans from humorous one-liners, poems and children’s stories to formal business letters and five paragraph essays with references. He recently taught essay writing to elementary and middle school students at Learn to Write Now, a writing school in Naperville. Richard is also a graduate of The Second City Theater Training Center in Chicago. As a speech teacher, he infuses his lessons with improvisational stage techniques. This builds excitement into each speech and brings out the dramatic flair of each speaker. Children love Richard's interactive teaching style. It gets them energized to do their best!

Harry Bodell (former) has been involved in speech and debate for 9 years. He is currently the Assistant Speech and Debate Coach at North Central College and was a former coach at Downers Grove South High School. Mr. Bodell has coached numerous students who received national, state, and local awards at high school and college levels. He has won over 100+ awards as a speech and debate competitor, including:  

  • National Runner-up in After Dinner Speaking  
  • National Finalist in Extemporaneous Speaking  
  • Undefeated Debate record at Pi Kappa Delta national tournament  
  • Top 24 speaker in the country at NFA National Tournament in two events  
  • 9-Time IIFA State Finalist

Jon Voss: Curriculum Director for Debate. He was the director of the national championship-winning debate program at Glenbrook South High School. In his 9 years at GBS his teams achieved tremendous success, including winning the 2009 and 2014 national championship, a 2nd place finish in 2013, and a final 4 run at the 2016 Tournament of Champions. 

Prior to coaching at GBS, Jon was the director of debate at Sheboygan North High School (WI) for three years before coaching for a year at Whitney Young Magnet High School in Chicago.

Jon was the recipient of the NDCA's 2012 
Rising Star Award as well as the 2011 Acolyte Award, given to the top high school assistant coach in the country.  Jon is a two diamond coach in the National Speech and Debate Association and two-time recipient of the Ted W. Belch Debate Coach of the Year Commendation. 

He has previously instructed at debate institutes hosted by Dartmouth College, the University of Michigan, California-Berkeley, and Marquette.

Robert Carroll The instructor has coached both public speaking and debating for 25 years at Munster HS, Merrillville HS, Homewood-Flossmoor HS, and Glenbard West HS.  

He has coached all presently offered debate, limited preparation public speaking and prepared public speaking events in both Illinois and Indiana.  He has received the Diamond Coach Award from the National Speech and Debate Association for outstanding work in coaching high school students.

Kali Froh (former) coached high school Lincoln Douglas and Public Forum debate for three years in Wisconsin. Due to her team's success, she was asked to take on responsibility for coaching a second local school. During Ms. Froh's short time with her team she coached multiple students to late elimination and final rounds at national tournaments, including tournament of championship qualifying rounds. In three short years Ms. Froh spearheaded the creation of two separate debate programs that were both nationally ranked at end of her tenure. 

As a debater, Ms. Froh was highly successful in both Lincoln Douglas and Congressional debate. She won the Illinois State Championship tournament and was named best speaker in Lincoln Douglas. Additionally, she made it to late elimination rounds at both the Harvard and Glenbrooks national debate tournaments in Lincoln Douglas. 

James Peterson has competed in a collegiate debate at the two and four-year levels. He has been a competitor at the College of DuPage and the University of Illinois, as well as serving as the President and head coach of the University of Illinois Speech and Debate Team. 

During his tenure as President, he led the team to place in the top eight teams at several national tournaments, as well as achieve gold and win others. He has experience with Policy Debate, Parliamentary Debate, Public Forum Debate, and Congressional Debate. He has coached and judged at the High School and College levels.

Sumeer Benawra has coached Public Forum and primarily Lincoln Douglas debate for the last 7 years.  He coached the Buffalo Grove High School debate team from 2011-2017 and an Illinois State Champion in this time period.  

Sumeer's educational background is a BA in Philosophy from Emory University in Atlanta, GA.  I have worked in a number of disciplines including IT, pharmaceutical, and marketing.

Tony Zhou coached congressional debate for the Harvard Debate Council summer workshops, which included delivering lectures on various topic areas in the fields of economics, foreign policy, social justice, and philosophy.

He coached students toward success in the semi-final and final rounds at NSDA Championships, NCFL Championships, Tournament of Champions, Harvard, Yale, etc.

Mr. Zhou ranked Top 20 Nationally in Congressional Debate. He made it to the final rounds of the Yale, Emory, Wake Forest, Blake School, and Glenbrooks national tournaments. He also advanced to late elimination rounds of the Harvard and New York City Invitational national tournaments.

He is an active member of the Cornell University Speech and Debate Union (ranked first in the world) and varsity member of the Cornell Policy Debate Team (ranked fifth in the nation). He co-championed the novice division of the West Point and Cornell national tournaments and advanced to late elimination rounds at the Navy and UMW tournaments.

John Tao (Former) has been actively involved with the speech and debate community for almost 15 years.  
In addition to competing on the high school national policy debate circuit, he has previously served as the Assistant Director of Forensics for Indiana University Purdue University at Indianapolis, before becoming the Director of Forensics at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.  

He has also helped to establish debate teams in Kansas, California, and Wisconsin.  

He is currently an attorney in Chicago working in health insurance and dedicates his spare time coaching for the Chicago Urban Debate League at Solorio High School in Chicago's Southwest Side. 

Ian Morris is a published writer, educator, and editor. He has taught writing for over 30 years to students ranging in age from five to fifty. He is currently an instructor and magazine editor at Columbia College Chicago. He received his undergraduate degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing at the University of Arkansas. 

He favors a lively classroom with lots of participation that is, most importantly, a supportive environment for everyone involved.

Richard Tu received a Bachelor's degree in Electric Engineering and a Master's degree in Computer Science. He was a University computer lab instructor for 5 years with proficiency in programming languages such as Java, C++, PHP, and Javascript. Mr. Tu was the author of a computer science journal. He enjoys working with kids and likes hands-on activities.

Andrew Alonso-Emanuel has been involved with computer programming and robots for almost 8 years.
He worked as part of the leadership for IMSA Titan Robotics while attending and has since studied computer science in college. He has since tutored students coding as well as the discrete logic behind programming. He has proficiency in several programming languages such as C, C++, Java, Ruby, Javascript and PHP. 

Paul Leuong has been teaching and tutoring for more than 7 years, including courses covering Math, COGAT prep, Creative Thinking, and English Language Arts.  His educational background is in Economics and Finance, and he has worked in various Accounting/Finance/IT positions at companies including Abbott Laboratories, Bell Labs, and Microsoft Data Center.

Lingyi received Master of Science in Education, Secondary Teaching - Math from Northwestern University and Bachelor of Science in Mathematics (double major in Statistics) from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is currently a math teacher with IMSA. Prior to IMSA she was a Math teacher Lane Tech High School, Chicago, for three years where she taught classes including Calculus II, Algebra II, AP Calculus AB/BC, and PreCalculus. She also worked as a summer school math teacher for Northwestern Academy where she taught classes including Statistics I, Statistics II, and Geometry.

​​Ian Chi received Bachelor's degree in Mathematics from Renmin University and Master's degree in Computer Science; He has coached math for several years. He is a very popular math teacher and is well received by our students and parents. 

William Chi has been an AMC 10/12 Competition Coach, and he has also been a teacher's Assistant (Java Programming and Algebra I) for 3 years

His achievements include:
Chicago All-Star Team A/B Team
3 years AIME Qualifier
ICTM State 1st Place Medalist
SAT Math 800 since 6th Grade
ACT Math 36
MATHCOUNTS (7th and 8th Grade) Top 16 State
AMC 8/10 Distinguished Honor Roll

​ Wendi Conrad has been tutoring and teaching SAT /SAT for over 10 years. As an Illinois certified teacher, she has

have several years of classroom teaching experience, from elementary to the high school level. She has a Master's degree in education and she knows how students learn. She use tested strategies and makes learning fun! ​ 

Brian Zheng is a rising senior at Naperville North High School and a two-year captain of the NNHS speech team.

• 2019 NCFL National Champion in Extemporaneous Speaking in May, 2019

• Two-time IHSA State Champion in Extemporaneous Speaking in the year 2018 & 2019

• 2019 IHSA State Champion in Impromptu Speaking

• Two-time finalist in Extemporaneous Speaking at the National High School Tournament of Champions at the University of Kentucky, placed 3rd in 2018 and 2nd in 2019

• Two-time finalist at the Extemporaneous Speaking Tournament of Champions at Northwestern University placed 5th in 2018 and 2nd in 2019

• 1st place Extemporaneous speaking at the 2019 Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament

• Finalist at the 2018 Yale Invitational and 2018 Florida Blue Key Speech Tournament

• 2019 January, he has been invited to the Montgomery Bell Academy Extemporaneous Speaking Round Robin, a tournament of the 16 best speakers in the nation.

He is excited to be teaching at the camp this summer!

Jim Royal ranked 13 nationally in  2019 (according to debate ranking institute). He was elected Captain of Captains of the Illinois Congressional Debate Association last year. He placed first in the Illinois Congressional Debate Association qualifier for the Tournament of Champions in 2018 and 2019, placed first in the Congress division of the 2018 Florida Blue Key Speech and Debate Tournament, and was the 2019 Illinois High School Association state champion in Congressional Debate. He has competed in and advanced to the semifinal rounds of national tournaments including the Harvard, Yale, Sunvitational, and Glenbrooks.

Vivian Zhao is a rising senior and debate captain at Naperville Central High School. She has competed in and advanced to the semifinal and final rounds of state and national tournaments, including the Harvard, Yale, Sunvitational, and Glenbrooks, placing second in the state this March.

Outside of debate, Vivian is the President of DECA, a business leadership organization, and Editor-in-Chief of her school newspaper. She enjoys spending time with friends, reading, and watching Brooklyn 99.

William Ma has competed in and advanced to the quarter and semi-final rounds of state and national tournaments, including the Harvard, Sunvitational, BlueKey, and Illinois State tournaments. He is an IHSA all-state team member.