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Coach of the Year


2023 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 Dallas, TX. The UDNC is scheduled for March 31 – April 2. The Coach of the Year will also be recognized at our Annual Dinner on March 30.



  • 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 4
    Application Opens
  • Feb 3
    Application Due
  • Feb 13 – 17
    Coach of the Year Announced
  • March 31 – April 2
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