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Coach of the Year


2024 Coach of the Year Nominations

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The Coach of the Year award recognizes that teachers who coach debate are essential to the Urban Debate Network meeting our core mission: helping students to become more academically successful — and civically engaged — through the support and rigor of debate. This award honors that work.

We are asking each league to nominate one coach for the award. The winner will be honored in conjunction with our Coach Appreciation festivities at the Urban Debate National Championship (UDNC) in Evanston, IL. The UDNC is scheduled for April 11-14. The Coach of the Year will also be  recognized and invited to speak at our Annual Dinner on May 10 in Miami, FL.



  • Urban Debate League high school team coach for at least one year
  • Full-time teacher at the affiliated league school
    Note: School must have a free/reduced lunch rate of at least 75%
  • Able to attend the Urban Debate National Championship

Key Dates

  • Jan 3
    Application Opens
  • Feb 5
    Application Due
  • Feb 29 – March 1
    Coach of the Year Announced
  • April 11 – 14
  • May 10 
    NAUDL Annual Dinner 

For questions about the application form or process, please contact Taylor Beck at taylorbeck@urbandebate.org.

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