Director of Policy Debate:
Jonah Feldman – UC Berkeley
Jonah Feldman is the current Director of Debate at UC Berkeley. At Cal he has led teams to first place finishes at Georgia State and the Dartmouth Round Robin, the Quarterfinals of the National Debate Tournament, and the semifinals of Wake Forest, Northwestern, and Harvard. Jonah has coached at Harvard, Texas, Dartmouth, and Northwestern and has twice coached NDT finalists. He has 13 years of experience teaching at debate camps.
Jason debated at Pace University where he reached the Quarterfinals of the NDT. In 2009 he was the recipient of the Acolyte Award, given to the top assistant coach in high school debate. Jason’s teams have won or reached the finals of several national competitions, including the Tournament of Champions.
Abby is the director of debate at Stratford Academy where she has coached her teams to the elimination rounds of many national tournaments. In 2011, Abby was named Rising Star by the NDCA, an award given to the top debate coach in the country in their first through third years of coaching.
Jon Voss – Glenbrook South
Jon is the assistant director of debate at Glenbrook South HS. Now entering his eighth year as a coach, Jon’s teams have achieved tremendous success, reaching the late elimination rounds of virtually every major national tournament in the country. Prior to coaching at GBS, Jon was the director of debate at Sheboygan North High School (WI) for three years before coaching the 2009-2010 National Champions from Whitney Young Magnet High School in Chicago. Jon was the 2012 NDCA “Rising Star” and the recipient of the 2011 Acolyte Award, given to the top assistant high school policy debate coach. This will be Jon’s second summer at Cal.
In his six years of coaching at Rowland Hall, Mike has qualified six teams to the Tournament of Champions, including two Quarterfinalists. His teams have received bids at almost every major national tournament. Mike has also coached multiple state champions and three Top 5 finishers at NFL Nationals, including the 2010 runners-up.
Miranda Ehrlich- University of Minnesota
Miranda Ehrlich is a college debater in her sophomore year at the University of Minnesota and an assistant debate coach at Wayzata High School. During the 2012-2013 season, Miranda reached the elimination rounds of numerous major college tournaments, including the quarterfinals of the USC tournament. Miranda also has coached teams at Wayzata to the late elims of TOC-bid tournaments. She is excited about working with students at Cal this summer
Gabe Murillo – Head Coach University of Oklahoma
As a debater at Wayne State University Gabe was the top speaker at the 2007 National Debate Tournament and Semi-finalist at the 2006 and 2007 NDT. As a coach at the University of Oklahoma Gabe has helped coach teams to two Cross Examination Debate Association national championships and multiple late round appearances and top speaker awards at major national tournaments. This will be Gabe’s 13th year teaching at a high school summer camp he has previously worked at the Spartan Debate Institute, Georgetown Debate Seminar and the Jayhawk Debate Institute.
At the high school level, Chris has coached multiple state champions, TOC qualifiers and top 20 finishes at NFL Nationals. At the college level, his debaters have cleared at every major national tournament, including the NDT and CEDA Nationals. Chris debated at the University of Wyoming where he netted numerous top-ten speaker awards, cleared at every major national tournament and was the 2006 CEDA Debater of the Year. Chris is also a highly preferred critic, having judged the final debate of CEDA Nationals and the NDT in both 2010 & 2011.
Mimi Sergent-Leventhal debated at Edina High School where she cleared at several national tournaments including the TOC. She currently debates for Cal where she broke at the UMKC tournament as well as the Kentucky first year breakout. Mimi also coaches at Harker.
Sean Kennedy- New Trier High School/Cal
Sean is currently an assistant coach at New Trier High School and the University of California-Berkeley. As a debater for Shawnee Mission East High School, he received multiple speaker awards at national tournaments and qualified for both NFL nationals and the TOC. As a debater at the University of Kansas, he was top speaker and a two-time semifinalst at CEDA nationals. He received three first-round bids to the NDT, won the Shirley Classic at Wake Forest, was in at least quarterfinals of every major national tournament, and received a speaker award at every major national tournament.
More faculty coming soon!