Who is Joel?

Joel is an NCFCA alumnus entering his sixth year of competitive forensics. He currently studies philosophy at Wheaton College with the intent to pursue law school or doctoral studies (or both, if his parents allow it). At school, his life revolves around the philosophy department — he serves as a Teacher’s Assistant, office desk attendant, and philosophy club coordinator. In his free time, catch him napping, reading, or spending time with friends and family.

In NCFCA, Joel competed in LD, limited prep speech events, and more interps than he’d like to admit. Since then, he’s dabbled in both American and British parliamentary debate in college and devoted two years to Wheaton’s nationally-ranked mock trial team, which he captained for a portion of his sophomore year. This year, in addition to competing in parli, he’s nurturing Wheaton’s fledgling moot court program with a fellow NCFCA alumnus and trying Model United Nations for fun.

Joel has coached hundreds of students from three different leagues (NCFCA, Stoa, and NSDA) in individual speech events, Team Policy debate, Lincoln-Douglas debate, and parliamentary debate through private coaching, school programs, forensics clubs, and summer camps. During that time, he’s also coached at and coordinated over a dozen summer camps for multiple different coaching organizations and written extensively for premier sourcebooks.

Coaching Philosophy

Emphasizing debate as the engine for cultivating rhetorical skills, catalyzing critical thinking, and combing faith with learning, Joel predicates his coaching on the principle that debate is not merely about the success one achieves, but the person one becomes. Trophies and titles dissipate, but the character one develops, the skills one hones, and the legacy one leaves remain. Joel believes the art of argumentation ought always to be oriented toward transcendence, as an avenue for “always [being] prepared to make a defense for anyone who asks you to give a reason for the hope that you have” (1 Peter 3:15).

Additionally, Joel focuses his coaching on understanding the broader context of debate. He can’t wait to immerse you in the big ideas of politics, philosophy, and economics and is particularly passionate about communication psychology and elegant organization. Don’t worry; just because he’s a philosophy fanatic doesn’t mean you’ll be stuck in the ivory tower! In addition to learning loads of theory, you’ll drill concepts to mastery.

Accomplishments

Joel has won tournaments in speech, LD, collegiate parli, and collegiate mock trial. In high school, he prequalified to NCFCA Nationals in multiple speeches, advanced to LD semifinals at two NCFCA National Opens and was nationally ranked in the top twenty-five LD debaters both at NCFCA Nationals and on SpeechRanks.com. In college, he’s been ranked as an Outstanding Witness in mock trial and was Wheaton’s top prosecuting attorney at both the AMTA Opening Round Championship Series and National Championship in 2018. He also was the grand prize winner of Wheaton’s Data Driven Debates scholarship competition.

As a coach, Joel has helped many students actualize their personal goals, whether to qualify to Nationals, win multiple tournaments, or to advance to elimination rounds for the first time. Both his private students and camp students have won national championship titles in NCFCA. He considers his greatest blessing the opportunity to learn alongside and forge relationships with mentors, friends, and students.

 

Book Joel for $40/hour.