Coaching Staff

Michael HallMichael Hall

Director of Debate

Michael Hall is the former Director of Debate at Penn State (1995-1998) and Assistant Debate Coach at Liberty University (1993-1995).  He coached Liberty's first team to reach elimination rounds at the NDT in 1995.  Hall taught at the Michigan Classic (1998-2001), the 1996 and the 2002 and 2003 Arizona Debate Institutes, and the Liberty Debate Institute since 1997.  Michael Hall also directs the Future Champions Lab for the Liberty Debate Institute. 

John NagyJohn F. Nagy

Assistant Director of Debate
Policy Lab Instructor

John Nagy debated for the University of Mary Washington. He won the American Debate Association (ADA) National Tournament twice (Novice and Junior Varsity). He has traveled extensively to regional and national tournaments at the varsity division and was a second alternate to the National Debate Tournament (NDT). Nagy olds a Masters Degree in Secondary Education from George Washington University.  He joined the Liberty Debate Staff in 2005.  John Nagy also is a lab instructor for the Liberty Debate Institute Policy Lab. 

Nick RyanNicholas J. Ryan

Assistant Director of Debate
Policy Lab Instructor

Coach Ryan debated for Iowa City West High School, Iowa City, IA and was a Tournament of Champions (TOC) qualifier. As a varsity debater for Mary Washington University he qualified to the NDT three times and won the University of Richmond Tournament. He also won the junior varsity division and First Speaker at the ADA National Tournament his freshman year. Ryan joined the Liberty Debate Staff in 2008.
Nick Ryan is an instructor for the Virginia Scholars Lab 

Heather HallHeather Holter Hall

Assistant Debate Coach
Lincoln-Douglas Lab Instructor

Coach Hall graduated from Liberty with a B.S. in English in 1997 where she debated for three years. She coached debate at Penn State University from 1997-1998 and at Liberty University from 1998-present and taught at the Liberty Debate Institute from 1998 through the present. Heather Hall is also a Lincoln-Douglas Debate Lab Instructor and Dorm Parent.

Cole BenderCole A. Bender

Assistant Debate Coach

Coach Bender graduated from Liberty with a B.A. in Philosophy in 2009 and an M.A. in Religious Studies in 2011.  He is a former varsity member of the Liberty debate team and has coached for Liberty since 2011. Cole Bender also works with the Lincoln-Douglas Lab through the Liberty Debate Institute.

? Ben HagwoodBenjamin Hagwood

Assistant Debate Coach

Coach Hagwood graduated from Liberty University with a B.S. in Business Management in 2011 and a M.A. in Communication Studies in 2013, during which he served as a graduate assistant to the debate team. He is a former varsity debater of Liberty University. He qualified to the National Debate Tournament and was a Semi-finalist at the Cross Examination Debate Association National Tournament.

Eddie FitzgeraldEddie Fitzgerald

Varsity Debater, Liberty University
Lincoln-Douglas Lab Instructor

Mr. Fitzgerald debated at Liberty University where he was a varsity debater, working towards a major in philosophy. As a high school varsity Lincoln-Douglas debater for Timothy Christian in Piscataway, NJ he had winning records at both the Harvard and NJ State Tournaments. As a college debater, he has won the James Madison University, John Carroll University, University of Richmond, and ADA Nationals debate tournaments.

Administrative Staff

Bessie GraysonBessie Grayson

Administrative Assistant