Bill Eddy | Director
National champion debater and coach. Bill Eddy has been teaching and coaching public speaking and debate for more than twenty years. He has taught overseas in the People's Republic of China, and the Republic of Korea. Most recently he spent the last 14 years teaching and coaching students in Irvine, CA at Magnet Learning Academy. He has presented and published papers on online debate and the need to expand public speaking and debate teaching to elementary students. In his current role as the Director of the Bluegrass Debate Coalition (sponsored by the University of Kentucky), he has been tasked with increasing critical thinking, confident speaking, and respectful engagement among all elementary, middle, and high school students in the state of Kentucky. The BDC accomplishes this by providing no-cost, online debate instruction, and coaching services. It is his hope to help Kentucky schools, clubs, and parents to engage their students; excite their minds, developing greater self-confidence, and express themselves effectively. Debate learning is fun, activity-oriented, and provides lasting skills to prepare our children for the challenges that await them.
Katie Humphries | Support Staff
Katie Humphries joined Speech and Debate as the first-ever Lincoln Douglas debater at her school, Liberty High School. Upon graduation, Katie continued to coach for her alma mater and compete in college at the University of Akron, where she received her B.S. in Political Science and Criminal Justice. Throughout her career, she participated in nearly a dozen events and accumulated many accolades on a state and national level, including winning the 2018 OFA State Tournament in Parliamentary Debate. Passionate about activism in Speech and Debate, Katie has worked with many organizations, including Speech and Debate Stories and Beyond Resolved, to address issues of inequity within the debate community. In 2019, she co-founded Triumph Debate to expand access to free learning resources in debate, including introducing free evidence files, educational materials, and expanding access to low-cost coaching. Currently, Katie is the Public Forum Debate coach at the University of Kentucky and works to expand the UK Digital Speech and Debate Initiative (DSDI) through assisting with the Bluegrass Debate Coalition (BDC) and the Collegiate Public Forum Debate League (CPFL).