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Brian Manuel | Policy Coach

Brian Manuel has been coaching debate for over 15 years. He is widely recognized for his unrivaled talent in creating and rebuilding programs from the bottom up. In addition to his duties at Stanford, Brian is an assistant coach at the College Preparatory School in Oakland, CA.

While the Director of Policy Debate at Stanford, Brian has rebuilt the program and most recently qualified their first team to the National Debate Tournament in 20 years, clearing to elims, and finishing ranked 22nd in the country. Prior to Stanford, Brian coached for Harvard University, where his teams were greatly successful achieving multiple First Round At-Large bids to the National Debate Tournament and participating in elimination rounds at every tournament they attended. At Stanford, Brian has coached teams to the elimination rounds of the National Debate Tournament, Cross-Examination Debate Association National Championship along with the University of Missouri-Kansas City, University of Nevada Las Vegas, Arizona State, Gonzaga, and San Francisco State University.

On the high school circuit, Brian has coached the champions of the 2003 Bronx Science, 2008 Barkley Forum, 2011 Meadows & USC tournaments, and the 2012 Golden Desert Invitational. In addition, Brian has had multiple teams in the elimination rounds of the Tournament of Champions, NDCA, NCFL, and NSDA Nationals with finals finishes in 2007 and 2012, in addition to coaching the top speaker at NSDA Nationals in 2013. 

In addition to his tournament successes, Brian’s debaters have attended every major national round robin including Weber State, Kentucky, Greenhill, Georgetown, Michigan, Pace Academy, College Prep, and Harvard University. Brian serves as the Policy Institute Director at the Stanford National Forensic Institute and has previously taught at the Kentucky National Debate Institute, with the Fellows program, Capitol Classic Institute, and the Georgetown Debate Seminar.  

Lastly, beyond all of the competitive accomplishment above, Brian also has a long standing record of service to the debate community.  In 2008, he was recognized as the Michael Bacon Coach of the Year.  In 2011, he hosted the National Debate Coaches Association National Championships in his hometown of Scranton, PA.  Additionally, he is the tournament director of the Electric City Debates, along with serving as a tabroom administrator at Stanford, Harvard, Lexington, Lakeland, Weber State, and the National Speech and Debate Association National Championships.