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
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.
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
Joel has won tournaments in speech, LD, collegiate
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.