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The Team. If you are a recruit or just interested in getting more information about our team please contact the Director, Glen Frappier, at [email protected] 

The Conway (HS Tournament). The tournament will be held January 10-11, 2020. You can access our invitation and register on tabroom.com at http://conway.tabroom.com

The Gonzaga Debate Institute. 

Enrollment for the 2020 GDI is open and you can apply here! 


5 Week Scholars (Policy Debate)                             Sunday, June 21 – Saturday, July 25

5 Week Sophomores (Policy Debate)                      Sunday, June 21 – Saturday, July 25

4 Week Varsity and JV (Policy Debate) Sunday,  June 28 – Saturday, July 25

2 Week Policy Debate (All experience Levels)          Sunday,  July 12 – Saturday, July 25

1 Week Public Forum  (All experience Levels)            Sunday,  July 5 – Saturday, July 11

1 Week Lincoln Douglas (All experience Levels Sunday,  July 5 – Saturday, July 11


  1. Week Zag Scholars Policy Program

The Scholars Program is an advanced lab designed for students looking for a more in depth and comprehensive experience. Launched in 2001 the Scholars lab was designed to provide a top tier lab experience to a small group of talented and motivated varsity students. We offer a top lab experience taught by a faculty who are among the most respected and successful college coaches and debaters in the nation. Your lab will also be the tip of the spear for our argument development and research production.

  1. Week Sophomores Policy Program 

The GDI has become a destination for rising sophomores from across the nation. This lab is designed for sophomores, or anyone entering their second year of debate, preparing to make a jump to the next level and has attracted some of the best, brightest and most dedicated sophomores from across the nation. Students can expect a dedicated faculty with extensive teaching backgrounds; a lab of your peers who share many of the same goals and who will work to create a positive lab environment; many, many debates and opportunities to speak – we think you learn best by doing; a really fun experience. For most sophomores this will be your first extended lab experience (and for many of you your first lab experience). We want to make sure you have fun while you’re here and to that end you can expect your faculty to balance a lot of work with a lot of fun lab activities.

 4 Week Policy Program 

The four week program continues to attract a wide range of students looking for a challenging lab environment that combines an emphasis on research with plenty of opportunities for practice and skill work. While they arrive a week later than our Scholars the Four Week labs are still major players in the development of the GDI research set. Upon arrival you, will have the opportunity to begin debating immediately with the early files produced by faculty and Scholars as you begin to also develop your own arguments within labs. You will primarily spend the first 1-2 weeks focusing extensively on original research and argument development in your labs while also attending lectures in a wide range of subjects. Practice debates, speech redo’s, and lectures will intensify during the last 2 weeks of your program culminating in the GDI tournament, a six round competitive tournament.

2 Week Policy Programs – Varsity, JV and Novice
The two week programs were the inaugural programs at the very first GDI nearly 50 years ago, and continue to provide an outstanding lab experience to students of all skill levels who are looking for a high quality camp experience in a shorter time frame.   These labs are divided among skill levels, so students will be placed in labs with others of their level of experience. All these programs are truly “immersion” programs in the sense that they pack the best of all our programs into a 2 week experience.  Given the time constraints of a two week lab these programs primarily devote themselves to skill work including practice debates, speech redo’s, speaking drill and other activities geared toward the development of a students’ overall skill set. In addition the students will attend a lecture series suited to their individual skill level. The institute will culminate in the GDI Tournament, a 6 rounds tournament featuring some tough competition and highly qualified judging. If you want to get the most out of 2 weeks of debate camp this is the program for you. You will not find a better 2 week institute experience anywhere in the nation.  

1 Week Public Forum and Lincoln Douglas Programs – Varsity, JV and Novice 

This one week program is for Public Forum and LD debaters of all experience levels.  This labs will focus on developing a student’s critical thinking, speaking, research and advocacy skills while also reinforcing fundamental strategies and understandings of how to effectively compete at any level of PF or LD competition. Students looking to enhance and develop the skills fundamental to success in this format will spend their days engaged in a variety of activities including lecture, discussion, argument development, practice debates and other skill building exercises. We hope you’ll consider joining us in 2018!


ProgramCommuter RateDorm/No Meal PlanDorm/Partial Meal PlanDorm/Full Meal Plan
5 Week $2000$3000$3850$4100
4 Week $1600$2400$3000$3250
2 Week$800$1300$1700$1800
1 Week$400$750$850$900


Dave Arnett, University of Kentucky. Dave is the Director of Debate at the University of Kentucky. Since 2010 his teams at Kentucky have consistently been ranked in the top twenty nation. On 15 separate occasions his teams have been ranked in the top 16 and three times he has coached the top ranked team in the country. In 2019 his team won both the Copeland Award and the National Debate Tournament.  Dave was selected the Ross Smith National Coach of the Year in 2009 and voted runner-up for Coach of the Decade. 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. Before serving in his role at Kentucky, Dave was the Director of Debate at UC Berkeley for twelve years. He has over twenty years’ experience teaching and directing summer camps including Northwestern, Berkeley, Stanford, Kentucky, Gonzaga, and Emory.


Adrienne BroveroUniversity of Mary Washington. Adrienne debated for Wake Forest in the 90s, winning multiple national tournaments and reaching the semi-finals of the National Debate Tournament twice. She and her partner were also awarded the prestigious Rex Copeland Award as the top-ranked team during the regular season. Since then, Adrienne has coached at Wake, Michigan, Northwestern, Richmond, and is now the debate coach at the University of Mary Washington in Virginia. In her 17 years of coaching, her teams have won nearly every tournament on the national circuit, including four National Debate Tournament championships. In the last couple of years, her UMW squad has reached the quarters or better at several national and regional tournaments, including Harvard, Kentucky, Wake, USC, Northwestern, the American Debate Association Nationals, and the National Debate Tournament. Adrienne has taught at debate institutes since 1992, including the Fast Track and the Policy Project programs at Wake Forest, the Michigan National Debate Institute, the Iowa National Summer Institute, the Coon Hardy and Zarefsky Scholars programs at Northwestern, the Capitol Classic Debate Institute, and the Gonzaga Debate Institute.


Dan Lingel. Dallas Jesuit Preparatory School. Dan Lingel is celebrating his 21st year as the co-director of debate at Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas.  Before deciding on a career in high school coach, Lingel was the Director of Debate at Illinois State University and was a graduate assistant coach at Wake Forest University. Lingel was most recently elected into the Texas Forensic Association Hall of Fame and is a Key Coach of the Barkely Forum specifically recognizing his team’s competitive success, his continued judging preference, and his community service.  In his 21 years at Jesuit his teams have won four TFA State championships in 2000, 2002, 2010, and 2011 and has had finalist and final four teams six other times.  He has coached teams to the semifinals or beyond at almost every National tournament including Greenhill, St. Mark’s, Redlands, MBA, Lexington, Emory, and UC Berkeley.  He has served as President of the NDCA and the Vice President of High Schools for the American Forensic Association and is a tireless ambassador for debate across the country.  He has taught at workshops every summer since 1985 including Kansas, Illinois State, Michigan, Northwestern, UNT and Wake Forest.  Lingel is the most preferred judge in the country over 40 and is considered one of the foremost tabroom directors in the country.  He has worked or directed many High School and College tabrooms including the NDT, NDCA Championships, MBA, St. Mark’s, and the Colleyville Heritage tabroom in the last five years.  He has judged or his teams have run or experienced every type of argument in his debate tenure.


 Judd Kimball. Judd has been involved in competitive policy debate for the last 30 years, starting at Ferris High School in Spokane Washington.  He had a successful college debate career at Wake Forest University.  He went on to coach at the University of Redlands, the University of Michigan, the University of Louisville, Northwestern University and currently at the University of Mary Washington.  He has taught at high school debate institutes throughout that time, teaching labs with varied experience levels, from novice to highly competitive national circuit varsity debaters.


Geoff Lundeen, University of West Georgia. Geoff has been coaching debate for 15 years. As a debater Geoff had a very successful high school and college career. In high school, he reached the semifinals and was the top speaker at the Tournament of Champions. In college, he received a first round bid to the National Debate Tournament where he reached the quarterfinals and was the 6th speaker. At the high school level, Geoff has coached numerous state championship teams and TOC qualifiers, including a semifinalist and the 4th speaker in 2005. At the college level, Geoff has coached NDT first round qualifiers, top ten speakers, and elimination round participants. 


Sarah Lundeen, University of West Georgia. Sarah is a 2 time CEDA National Champion and Semi Finalist at the NDT. As a coach her teams are among the most talented and successful in the nation. She is currently the Assistant Director of debate at the University of West Georgia. She has coached high school and college debate for over 15 years, qualifying teams consistently to the high school Tournament of Champions and college National Debate Tournament and CEDA Nationals. She has extensive experience coaching both critical and policy oriented teams and was named one of the top ten college judges of 2000 – 2010. Her previous teaching experience includes Stanford, Cal, Northwestern, and Texas.


Dr. Tracy McFarland, Dallas Jesuit Preparatory School. Dr. McFarland is the Associate Director of Debate as Jesuit College Preparatory School in Dallas, Texas.  Tracy is past president of National Debate Coaches Association. Tracy also sits on the Executive Board of the Dallas Urban Debate Alliance. In 2012, Tracy was awarded the NDCA’s Educator of the Year award. Tracy is the 2002 recipient of the Acolyte Coach of the Year Award presented annually at the St. Mark’s tournament. Jesuit’s teams have had enormous success, including TFA State Champions in 2011, close-out 2010, 2002 and 2000. Tracy has also coached teams to the late elimination rounds of Greenhill, St. Mark’s, Emory, Berkeley, and Lexington tournaments. Tracy most recently taught at the Debate Institutes at Dartmouth. In addition to coaching
and teaching at Jesuit, Tracy received her doctorate in international relations and comparative politics at the University of Texas-Austin in 2006 and an MA in conflict resolution at SMU in 2015.


Martin Osborn, Wake Forest University. As a competitor for Missouri State University, Martin was awarded Top Speaker at the NDT and CEDA Nationals. Later, Martin received a masters degree at Wake Forest University while successfully coaching teams including a Kentucky round robin appearance, first-round bids, and multiple elimination appearances. Since then, he has worked with NDT programs at Kansas State and the University of North Texas. As a high school coach, Martin’s teams have made appearances in late elims at Montgomery Bell Academy, Emory, the Glenbrooks, and multiple TOCs. He is excited to spend this summer with Gonzaga and has done time at many of the country’s premier high school camps including Michigan, Michigan State, Berkeley, Stanford, Kansas, and UMKC. 


Jason Regnier, Gonzaga University. Jason debated for the groundbreaking Fort Hays State team of the early 2000s that was among the early innovators of critical argumentation in policy debate. As a competitor he earned 3 first round at-large bids, was a quarterfinalist at the National Debate Tournament, and won the 2002 CEDA National Championship. Since graduating and earning his masters degree in communication, he has been coaching debaters to competitive success at the University of Iowa, Concordia College, the University of Michigan, and Gonzaga. Jason has taught at numerous institutes over the past two decades and is generally recognized as one of the best basketball players in the game today.


Patrick Waldinger, University of Miami. Patrick is currently the Assistant Director of Debate at the University of Miami. Prior to Miami, Patrick served as the Debate Coach at Boston College. Patrick received his M.A. in Communication at Wake Forest University, where he was a Graduate Assistant for the debate team. As a debater, Patrick won several tournaments including the American Debate Association (ADA) National Championship and was a two-time qualifier to the National Debate Tournament. Patrick is currently the Vice President of the Cross Examination Debate Association (CEDA) and the Vice President of the ADA. Patrick has a lot of experience teaching at debate institutes over the years, including the Capitol Classic, the Wake Forest Debate Workshop, Millennial Speech & Debate Institute, Spartan Debate Institute, Harvard Debate Council Summer Workshop, Hurricane Debate Institute & the Miami Dade Urban Debate League Summer Camp.


Bill Wilson, University School of Nashville. Bill is entering his 5th year as director of debate and economics teacher at the University School of Nashville. He has also coached novice debate at Montgomery Bell Academy and World Schools Debate at Gimnazija Poljane in Slovenia. Bill has guided first year teams to the final round at the University of Michigan, The Great Midwestern Novice Championship and the Woodward First Year National Championship. In high school, he was a two time qualifier to the TOC. Prior to joining USN, Bill worked as a journalist and was a regular contributor to The New York Times.

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