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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. 

 

Casey Harrigan---Associate Director of Debate

Casey is the Associate Director of Debate at the University of Kentucky. He won the National Debate Tournament in 2006 and has previously coached winners of the National Debate Tournament and Tournament of Champions. He has previously coached at Michigan State University, the University of Georgia, and Wake Forest University.

 

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. 


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

Sophia Dal Pra


Class of 2024

Hometown: Wooster, Ohio

Major: Political Science

 

Lex Barrett

Class of 2024

Hometown: Overland Park, KS

Major: Business Management

 

Saturn Kendrick

Class of 2021

Hometown: Chicago, IL


Lauren McBlain

Class of 2024

Hometown: Chicago, IL

Major: Political Science

Sulaiman Jamal

Class of 2023

Hometown: Aberdeen, SD

Major: International Studies

Marcus Williams

Class of 2022

Hometown: Chicago, IL

Major: Psychology 

Alan Ivackovic

Class of 2023

Hometown: Skokie, IL

Major: Political Science

Chris Eckert

Class of 2023

Hometown: Dallas, TX

Major: Communications

Chris Lucas

Class of 2023

Hometown: Overland Park, KS

Major: International Studies

David Griffith

Class of 2024

Hometown: River Forest, IL

Major: Political Science

Jordan Di

Class of 2024

Hometown: Johns Creek, GA

Major: Political Science

Dash Weinhardt

Class of 2024

Hometown: Des Moines, IA

Major: Political Science