About Us


2016 Team Photo Banquet

The John R. Park Debate Society (the University of Utah Speech and Debate Team) is sponsored and housed in the Department of Communication in the College of Humanities. The team focuses on three main activities: sponsoring public debate events, high school outreach, and hosting and competing in intercollegiate competitions. The University of Utah Speech & Debate Team is one of the oldest in the western United States and has a long tradition of competitive success. For the last three years, the University of Utah has finished in the top 10 nationally. To learn more about the team’s history and focus, please click here.

We welcome students from any major and any year on campus to participate in one or more of our activities. For those interested, click here. If you have additional questions, email us


  • Alexander Cadena   
  • Averie Vockel
  • Braden Hooton
  • Brooks Bergmann    
  • Bryan Casselman
  • Bryson Griffith          
  • Chris de Freitas
  • Courtney Nilson
  • Daniel Ybarra
  • Gabriela Piril
  • Jacob McShane
  • Jay Meza
  • Jesse Hedin               
  • Jose Soto        
  • Maria DeMarco
  • Maxton Cline            
  • Pricilla Fehoko
  • Saige Miller
  • Shad Wojciechowski
  • Sierra Golding-Johnson
  • Skyler Hektner         
  • Tony Iovino               
  • Zachary Ray


Michael Middleton, Director of Forensics

Robyn Moreno, Assistant Director of Forensics, Outreach

Jason Jordan, Assistant Director, Debate

Loretta Rowley, Assistant Director, Individual Events

Rob Layne, Assistant Coach

Ian Summers, Assistant Coach

Alley Agee, Assistant Coach

Benjamin Mann, Assistant Coach

Dakota Park-Ozee, Assistant Coach