LDI Faculty 2013 

Michael Hall, Director of Debate, Liberty University—Camp Director: Coach Hall coached the first Liberty team to reach the elimination rounds at the NDT and the top speaker at the 1995 Novice National Tournament. He was an instructor at the Michigan Classic 1998-2001 and LDI since 1997.

Nick Ryan, Assistant Director of Debate, Liberty University - 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.

John Nagy, Assistant Director of Debate, Liberty University — Policy Lab Instructor: Coach Nagy was a varsity debater for Mary Washington University where he traveled extensively to regional and national tournaments and was a second alternate to the NDT. He also won the ADA National Tournament in both novice and junior varsity. He has a master’s degree in secondary education from George Washington University.

Heather Hall, Assistant Debate Coach, Liberty University—Lincoln-Douglas Lab Instructor and Dorm Parent: Coach Hall was an accomplished high school Lincoln-Douglas debater including qualifying to the NFL National Tournament. She was also a varsity policy debater for Liberty University. She has coached novice debate for 10 years at Liberty where her teams have won multiple national championships. She has taught at several debate workshops including the Virginia Beach High School Workshop and the Centre Hall, PA Home School Seminar.

Eddie Fitzgerald, Former Varsity Debater, Liberty University—Lincoln-Douglas Lab Instructor:  Mr. Fitzgerald is a varsity debater for Liberty University 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. 

Cole A. Bender - Assistant Debate Coach:
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.