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Current Team

Coaching Staff

Dave Arnett - Director of Debate

 

Dave is the Director of Debate at the University of Kentucky. He coached the 2019 national champions and the runners up on two separate occasions (2004,2005). Dave has coached 14 teams to a top five national ranking. He was selected the Ross Smith National Coach of the Year in 2009 and voted runner-up for Coach of the 2000s. He was voted the 2015 American Debate Association coach of the year.  He is the Director of five national college and high school tournaments including the Tournament of Champions which collectively bring over 3000 participants annually to the UK campus. Dave has spearheaded UK Debate’s international outreach effort which has included projects in China, Taiwan, and Vietnam. 

 

Lincoln Garrett - Head Debate Coach

 

Lincoln graduated from Liberty University in 2012 with a B.S. in history. During his senior he won the ADA national tournament, made it to the octafinals of the National Debate Tournament and was one of the eight teams to make it to the elimination rounds of every national tournament that year. Lincoln has coached debate since 2012 with his teams from Liberty and Kentucky making elimination appearances at every national tournament including the elimination rounds of the National Debate Tournament. 

Amar Adam - Assistant Debate Coach

 

Amar graduated from UK in 2018 receiving a BA in Economics and in Political Science. While on the team he was an NDT octafinalist, a first round bid recipient and won the Navy and Liberty tournaments. Before UK, he debated at Chattahoochee High School in GA and has coached at Chattahoochee as well as at Wayzata HS


Linda Barker- Administrative Assistant

 

Linda began working in the UK Debate Office on September 25, 1989, just in time for her first Kentucky Thoroughbred Round Robin and Henry Clay Debate Tournaments.  J. W. Patterson was the Director of Debate at that time.  She has enjoyed becoming friends with the UK debaters through the years and still stays with touch with many of them.  

 


Current Debaters

Dan Bannister


Class of 2020

Hometown: Highland Park, MN

Major: Political Science

 

Genevieve Hackman

Class of 2021

Hometown: Asheville, NC

Major: International Studies and Health, Society and Populations

 

Josh Kendrick

Class of 2021

Hometown: Chicago, IL


Stephani Lopez

Class of 2020

Hometown: Chicago, IL

Major: Political Science

 

Maria Sanchez

Class of 2020

Hometown: Chicago, IL

Major: Political Science and Sustainability and Environmental Studies

 

Jacinda Rivas

Class of 2019

Hometown: Chicago, IL

Major: Political Science



Anthony Trufanov

Class of 2020

Hometown: Northbrook, IL

Major: Political Science 

 

Marcus Williams

Class of 2022

Hometown: Chicago, IL

Major: Psychology