How many years have you been coaching?
In total, I have been coaching for six years. The first five, I was an assistant coach for Choctaw High School. This past year, I’ve been the head speech and debate coach with Choctaw.
What are some State awards, national qualifiers/awards, and other tournament awards you'd like to highlight?
As a competitor in the high school circuit, I qualified Dramatic Interp, Dramatic Duet, Monologue, and Poetry two years in a row to the Regional Tournament. I took Dramatic Interp, Dramatic Duet, and Monologue to the Regional Tournament. My junior year I placed in 4th in Dramatic Interp in class 6A at the State Tournament. Senior year I qualified Dramatic Interp, Dramatic Duet, and Monologue to the State Tournament placing Dramatic Interp and Dramatic Duet. I also qualified to the National Tournament in the Event of Duo as a high school Senior. As a coach I have helped qualify two students in the event of Dramatic Interp and one team in the event of Duo to the National Tournament. Additionally, I have coached students to multiple State and Regional placing’s, including- State Champions in Dramatic Duet and Humorous Duet. I have also won several local sweepstakes awards including 4th place sweepstakes in Class 6A at the State Tournament.
What is your favorite thing about coaching?
For me, my favorite thing about coaching has always been getting to see a student have “the aha moment.” Runners call it “hitting the wall.” When you get to a point that you think there is no way you can possibly continue. In competitive speech and debate, often students will say to themselves “There is no way I can perform this, there is no way I can possibly make this any better.” My favorite thing about coaching has always been taking that material and that student and helping them to realize greater heights and greater feats with their events. Watching them make a discovery and grow as not only competitors, but as people through speech and debate will continue to be my favorite part of being a coach.
What are some of your favorite camp memories?
As this is my first year at camp, I am extremely excited to join such a talented staff, and begin to make some of my own favorite memories!
What is your goal for students in your section of camp?
My goal is for students to develop the skills and discipline of a champion competitor. I hope to teach them how to grow in character development, and become comfortable with using their own voices in material selection and cutting. I hope they will be able to hone in on the special set of skills required of each event, so that they may become a master in what they do, leaving with the understanding that a true champion never stops growing in their craft.