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Mike Bausch
Director of Debate/Grier Family Debate Chair
Mike comes to us from Bingham High School in Salt Lake City. Mike’s team won the state title, received bids to the TOC, and qualified to nationals in every competitive debate event. Mike debated at the University of Wyoming where he competed in policy debate for five years and earned top honors on the national level, participating in elimination rounds at nearly every major tournament including the National Debate Tournament. He became a graduate assistant coach at the University of Wyoming from 2011 to 2013 while earning his masters degree in communication. He was the 2013–2014 head coach of the University of Wyoming team.


Ian Hopkins
Director of Speech

Ian comes to us from George Mason University where he has spent the past three years coaching, running their summer camp, and working on his PhD. Over the past ten years Ian has coached students to twenty-five national break rounds in all genres, including a college national championship in 2017. In 2014 Ian was named the American Forensics Association outstanding new coach of the year. He is excited to continue the amazing legacy at Kent Denver and work with everyone!


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Eddie Young
Speech Coach

Eddie Young has been an assistant coach with the team for twelve years and counting! He possesses a theatre background and mainly coaches speech events. He is also on the English faculty at Kent Denver. In his spare time, he serves on the board of Lighthouse Writers and enjoys exploring Denver’s food scene.

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Jen Woodley
Speech Coach

As the child of a former Speech and Debate coach, Jen was almost born into this activity. The prestige and passion her mother’s students exuded was a fantastic influence. Jen found that as a competitor, she enjoyed the camaraderie and familial setting of being on a team of talented individuals. Her passion for the sport turned to coaching in 2011 and she cannot imagine her life without it. She finds it a gift and an honor to be part of this community.
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Jeff Joseph
Lincoln Douglas Debate Coach

Jeff Joseph is the assistant Lincoln Douglas Debate Coach. He is a father of two sets of twins: Caden and Tucker Joseph (Kent Denver class of 2019) and Rowan and Finley Joseph (St. Anne’s Episcopal). When is not coaching debate, he works as an immigration lawyer in Denver.

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Nate Graziano
Assistant Debate Coach

Nathaniel “Nate” Graziano was a policy debater at Fort Collins High School and at the University of Wyoming. Since then, Nate has joined the CSU Pueblo Debate team and is competing nationally in Parliamentary Debate. Nate has recently moved to Denver after 2 years of achievement at Poudre High School coaching the State Champions in Policy Debate (2015) and Lincoln Douglas Debate (2016) in Fort Collins. He is excited to be part of the Kent Denver coaching staff, and is ready for an amazing year!


Parent Committee Co-Chairs:
Colleen Attoma-Mathews and Lee-Ann Krauss (