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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. 

Caitlin Walrath - Assistant Debate Coach

Caitlin graduated last year from the University of Michigan with a BS in Psychology. While at Michigan, she was an NDT semifinalist and octafinalist, a first round bid recipient, and 3x champion of the Hoosier Invitational held at Indiana University. Before attending Michigan, she debated at Rowland Hall and Juan Diego Catholic high schools in Salt Lake City, UT. She also coaches for Notre Dame Catholic high school in Los Angeles, CA.


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

 

Saturn 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

 

Sulaiman Jamal

Class of 2023

Hometown: Aberdeen, SD

Major: International Studies


Anthony Trufanov

Class of 2020

Hometown: Northbrook, IL

Major: Political Science 

 

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

Charlie Bennett

Class of 2023

Hometown: Yorkville, IL

Major: Undecided

Jansen Hammock

Class of 2022

Hometown: London, KY

Major: Political Science