Coaches

Brian Manuel – Director of Debate

Brian Manuel is the Director of Debate at Edgemont Junior-Senior High School as well as the Director of Policy Debate at Stanford University. Prior to Edgemont & Stanford, Brian coached for Harvard University, where his teams were greatly successful in achieving multiple First Round At-Large bids to the National Debate Tournament while regularly participating in elimination rounds. At Stanford, Brian has coached teams to the elimination rounds of the National Debate Tournament and the Cross Examination Debate Association National Championship (placing 3rd in 2016).

On the high school circuit, Brian has coached the champions of the 2003 Bronx Science, 2008 Barkley Forum, 2011 Meadows & USC tournaments, 2012 Golden Desert Invitational, 2015 Georgetown Day School tournament, 2017 NYC Public Forum Round Robin, and the 2018 Harrison Lincoln Douglas Round Robin. 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.  High school students he has worked with have been admitted to Harvard, Stanford, Princeton, Yale, Dartmouth, MIT, Georgetown, Northwestern, and many additional top US universities. In addition to his competitive coaching, Brian is also the Assistant Director of the Global Academic Commons online programs.