Sam Nelson, Director of Speech & Debate Programs (

Sam Nelson is the Director of Speech & Debate and ILR school senior lecturer at Cornell University. He graduated from the University of Southern California in 1984 and received a Juris Doctorate and master's in Speech Communication from Syracuse University. Sam has over 25 years of coaching debate and speech, having taught debate and other speech communication courses at the University of Vermont, SUNY Geneseo, Syracuse University, the University of Rochester.


Ming Shiao, Outreach Director (

Ming comes to Cornell from the International Institute of Akron, Ohio where she developed educational programs for refugee and immigrant youth and their families. She holds a master's degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and has worked in multiple areas of educational programming around the world.

Armands Revelins, Head Policy Debate Coach (

Armands holds a master's degree in Philosophy from the University of Illinois and has previously coached nationally ranked teams at both the high school and collegiate levels. As a college debater for the University of Southern California, he qualified for the highly competitive National Debate Tournament four times and was a high school Tournament of Champions winner.


Nelson Kezoh, Head Worlds Parliamentary Debate Coach


Theo Black, Head Speech Coach (

Theo is a professional actor, director and drama teacher with extensive experience in collegiate forensics. He earned his master's in fine arts in classical acting at George Washington University. In forensics, he competed for UC Berkeley's top-ranked team, and in high school was a three-time California state champion and ranked fourth nationally.