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 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.

Caspar Arbeeny – Public Forum

Caspar currently attends Case Western University.  While at Edgemont, Casper has consistently coached students to reach the elimination rounds at many major national tournaments. As a debater at Poly Prep, Casper was ranked 5th nationally, reaching the late elimination rounds of many national tournaments. In addition to Edgemont, Caspar has served as a summer instructor for the Millennial Debate Institutes.

Ozan Ergungor – Public Forum

Ozan currently attends Northwestern University.  While debating for Hawken High School, Ozan won the Apple Valley Tournament, the Sunvitational, and the Barkley Forum. He was also a finalist at Blake Tournament and Stanford Invitational and a semifinalist at the Tournament of Champions.  He ended his senior year ranked 1st in the country on Vbriefly.  In addition to Edgemont, Ozan is a summer instructor at the Institute for Speech and Debate and the National Symposium for Speech & Debate.


Mina Lee – Lincoln Douglas

Mina Lee founded the Edgemont LD team at the beginning of her junior year, and has been coaching the novice team and competing on the circuit ever since. She reached elimination rounds at Lexington, Emory, Columbia, Harvard, Columbia, Scarsdale, Blake, and the Tournament of Champions, winning speaker awards at Columbia, Scarsdale, Blake, and the TOC. She has also attended the Greenhill, Newark, and Harrison (Co-Champion) Round Robins.  Over the summer, Mina is an instructor at the Global Debate Symposium for Lincoln Douglas debaters.



Dr. Sydney Pasquinelli – Policy & Lincoln Douglas

Dr. Sydney Pasquinelli is a Visiting Instructor at the University of Pittsburgh, where she recently finished a PhD Candidate in the Department of Communication. She has spent the past 7 years studying communication topics at an advanced level, but came from a political science background at Wayne State University, where she also debated for four years and qualified to the National Debate Tournament twice. Sydney currently coaches at Stanford University.  Prior to Edgemont & Stanford, Sydney coached policy debate full-time at Wake Forest University from 2009-2011 and at University of Pittsburgh from 2011-2016, and has also coached part-time for Groves High School (MI) and the University of Oklahoma. Over the summer Sydney is the Division Director for Policy Debate at the Stanford National Forensic Institute.