Coaches are particularly valuable members of the Urban Debate Leagues.
They recruit and support the students, provide quality instruction and guidance, mold the team culture, get students to the tournaments, and manage all of the small issues that arise when serving students. In 2019, NAUDL began elevating its recognition of debate coaches through the inaugural Urban Debate Coach of the Year award.
Each of 22 Urban Debate Leagues nominates one outstanding high school coach, an individual who has provided their students with rigorous coaching and safe and supportive team culture and has contributed to the overall success of the league. NAUDL highlights the nominees on social media and recognizes the Coach of the Year, selected by committee, at the NAUDL Annual Dinner, where students present this prestigious award to their coach.