Meet the Coaches

Brandon Kelley

Director of Debate, Georgetown University

Assistant Coach, The Westminster Schools

Brandon Kelley has spent nearly a decade with Georgetown Debate. During that time, Georgetown has won the National Debate Tournament, had two NDT Top Speakers, and made the NDT Finals two additional times, among other accomplishments.

Brandon debated for Georgetown under Jonathan Paul, graduating from the School of Foreign Service in 2017. He then spent four years as Assistant Director under Mikaela Malsin, coaching NDT Finalists, an NDT Top Speaker, multiple teams receiving First-Round At-Large Bids to the NDT, and more.

In Brandon’s first year as Director (2021-22), Georgetown cleared two young teams to the elimination rounds of the National Debate Tournament for the first time since 2015, and made it to the Quarterfinals of both the CEDA and ADA national championships.

Gabriel Lewis

Assistant Director of Debate

Gabe has been involved in competitive policy debate for over a decade and became the Assistant Director of Debate in July of 2022. During his time in debate, Gabe has been a successful competitor, coach, and administrator.

Gabe debated at the University of Mary Washington from 2015-2019. During his time as a college debater, he qualified to the National Debate Tournament three times and reached the elimination rounds of the National Debate Tournament in 2019.

Since graduating, Gabe has been a tournament administrator at several high school and college tournaments including the Tournament of Champions and the National Debate Tournament.

Tyler Thur

Assistant Debate Coach

The 2022-23 season will represent Tyler’s first year as an assistant coach for Georgetown Debate. That said, he has been involved in policy debate since 2008 as a competitor, summer instructor, judge, and coach.As a college debater for Michigan State University (2012-2016), Tyler was a four-time qualifier to the National Debate Tournament, earning three First-Round At-Large Bids as a top sixteen team. In his final season, Tyler made it to the semifinals of the National Debate Tournament. More broadly, during his competitive career, Tyler won the Kentucky Round Robin, won the Texas Open Tournament, was a finalist at the JW Patterson Debates at the University of Kentucky, and was a finalist at the Cal Swing Tournament.In his capacity as a coach, Tyler has helped teams qualify for the National Debate Tournament at Michigan State University and the University of Wyoming. He has also instructed students at summer camps at the University of California – Berkeley, Georgetown University, Michigan State University, and the University of Wyoming. Finally, Tyler has coached multiple high school partnerships to the elimination rounds of most major tournaments, including the Tournament of Champions. He was the 2017 National Debate Coaches Association Rising Star.

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