Debate

Debate Team

The Union University Debate Team competes in the prestigious International Public Debate Association. Beginning a competitive schedule in 2008, the team has won 5 team season-long sweepstakes awards and 2 season-ending championship tournaments to go along with a host of individual and regional tournament awards.

The four cornerstones of the program are the same as those of the University:

The Union Debate team strives to be honorable to the Savior, a source of pride to the University, and a vehicle of service and education for all involved.

Why Should I Join?

What will be expected of me?

All members will be expected to take the class "Argumentation and Debate" upon joining the team. You are also responsible for debating at least twice weekly against other team members. You will get your topics from the coach and then debate at your convenience. Tournament participation will be based on your record in the practice rounds. No one travels without a minimum of six completed practice rounds. Scholarshipped debaters are required to participate in at least 75% of the team's competitions.

How do I join?

There are several ways you can participate with the team.

Recent News

Photo Essay
Photo Essay by Courtney Brown
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2013-2014 Results (.pdf)


2013-14 Debate Team

Award Tally (.pdf)

Name Hometown Major
Luke BrakeDenver, NCEnglish
Seth BrakeDenver, NCPolitical Science
Courtney BrownBolivar, TNGraphic Design
Katherine BurgessLookout Mountain, GAJournalism
Hunter CochranSpringdale, ARPhysics/Math
Bryanna EnglandWhiteville, TNBroadcast/Theater
Lacie FinkMobile, ALAccounting
Anna GoodmanKansas City, KSBroadcast
Thomas GrayLittle Rock, ARPolitical Science
Blake HodgesSmyrna, TNMarketing
Ali HolcombSpringdale, ARSocial Work
Daniel KeylonMaryville, TNPhysics
David KnackBartlett, TNChristian Studies
Daniel LangleyBethpage, TNPolitical Science
Zach McLeodMontgomery, ALBiblical Studies
Kevin MossCollierville, TNMarketing
Janie OwenJackson, TNSocial Work
Kallan ParkerUnion City, TNPublic Relations
Allison PulliamGranger, INBroadcast/Political Science
Vicki SearlFort Leonard Wood, MOMusic
Madison ShortGlasgow, KYBiology
Cassandra SolisUnion City, TNBiology
Sam StricklandVina, ALChristian Studies
Caleb ValentineAurora, ILChristian Studies
Lowell Van NessHoover, ALPolitical Science
Abby WilliamsSpringdale, ARMusic
Beau WilliamsNashville, TNEnglish
Christian WinterPalmer, AKSports Management

2012-13 Debate Team

Award Tally (.pdf)

Name Hometown Major
Amanda BennettCleveland, TNEnglish/Philosophy
Seth BrakeDenver, NCPolitical Science
Courtney BrownBolivar, TNGraphic Design
Katherine BurgessLookout Mountain, GAJournalism
Leeana CargileWichita, KATheater
Bryanna EnglandWhiteville, TNTheater, Broadcast
Lacie FinkMobile, ALAccounting
Jordan HayesGlen Carbon, ILBusiness
Nicole HaynesSpringdale, ARPsychology
Blake HodgesSmyrna, TNUndecided
Ali HolcombSpringdale, ARSocial Work
David KnackBartlett, TNBiblical Studies
Amelia KraussNaples, FLJournalism
Daniel LangleyBethpage, TNPolitical Science
Kylie McDonaldFort Mill, SCPolitical Science
Kevin MossCollierville, TNComputer Science
Janie OwenJackson, TNPolitical Science
Daniel PiersonMilan, TNDMS
Allison PulliamGranger, INBroadcast Journalism
Vicki SearlFort Leonard Wood, MOMusic
Sam StricklandVina, ALBiblical Studies
Caleb ValentineAurora, ILBiblical Studies
Lowell Van NessHoover, ALPoliSci/History
Abby WilliamsSpringdale, ARMusic
Christian WinterPalmer, AKSports Management

2011-12 Debate Team

Award Tally (.pdf)

Name Hometown Major
Amanda BennettCleveland, TNEnglish/Philosophy
Seth BrakeDenver, NCPolitical Science
Courtney BrownBolivar, TNGraphic Design
Katherine BurgessLookout Mountain, GAJournalism
Hunter CochranSpringdale, ARPhysics
Jed DuggerPleasant View, TNMusic
Jessica HaasTexarkansas, TXChristian Studies
Jordan HayesGlen Carbon, ILBusiness
Nicole HaynesSpringdale, ARPsychology
Ali HolcombSpringdale, ARBusiness
Jordan HugheyLittle Rock, ARBiology
David KnackBartlett, TNBiblical Studies
Amelia KraussNaples, FLJournalism
Kylie McDonaldFort Mill, SCPolitical Science
Rachel MorganElkhart, TXBusiness
Kevin MossCollierville, TNEngineering
Kaleb NoblettHenderson, KYPolitical Science
Janie OwenJackson, TNPolitical Science
Vicki Searl FortLeonard Wood, MOMusic
Caleb ValentineAurora, ILBiblical Studies
Lowell Van NessHoover, ALPolitical Science
Emily WelbornHarrisburg, ILSocial Work
Abby WilliamsSpringdale, ARMusic

2010-11 Debate Team

2010-2011 Team

Award Tally (.pdf)

Name Major Hometown
Abby WilliamsMusic/DMSSpringdale, AR
Ali HolcombBusinessSpringdale, AR
Amanda BennettEnglish/PhilosophyCleveland, TN
Amelia KraussJournalismNaples, FL
Andrew RobertsPolitical ScienceHendersonville, TN
Bethany HoggPolitical ScienceMillington, TN
Betsy DavisEnglish/HistoryHenderson, KY
David KnackBiblical StudiesBartlett, TN
Emily WelbornSocial WorkHarrisburg, IL
JD CressmanPhilosophyJackson, TN
Jed DuggerMusicPleasant View, TN
Jessica HaasBiblical Studies/ArtTexarkansas, TX
Jordan HayesBusinessGlen Carbon, IL
Jordan HugheyBiologyLittle Rock, AR
Kaleb NoblettPolitical ScienceHenderson, KY
Kevin MossEngineeringCollierville, TN
Kristin TisdaleNursingHendersonville, TN
Kylie McDonaldPolitical ScienceFort Mill, SC
Lowell Van NessHistoryHoover, AL
Nicole HaynesBusiness/PsychologySpringdale, AR
Rachel MorganBusinessElkhart, TX
Seth BrakePolitical ScienceDenver, NC

2009-10 Debate Team

Award Tally (.pdf)

Name Major Hometown
Web Drake
Amanda Bennett English/Philosophy Cleveland, TN
Amelia Krauss Undecided Naples, FL
Andrew Roberts Political Science Hendersonville, TN
Ben Fulton Business Evansville, IN
Bethany Hogg Political Science Covington, TN
Betsy Davis English/History Henderson, KY
Emily Welborn Social Work Harrisburg, IL
Jed Dugger Music Pleasant View, TN
Jessica Haas Christian Studies Texarkansas, AR
John David Cressman Jackson, TN
Jonathan Skagfield Philosophy Tallahassee, FL
Jordan Hughey Biology Little Rock, AR
Kaleb Noblett Political Science Henderson, KY
Kristin Tisdale Biology Hendersonville, TN
Kylie McDonald Political Science Fort Mill, SC
Mandisa Wofford English/Economics Atlanta, GA
Nicole Haynes Art Springdale, AR
Rachel Morgan Business Elkhart, TX
Will McClure Business Huntingdon City, TN

2009-10 Union Debate Schedule

  • Sep 19-20 - HSU Caddo Classic Winter Warm Up
  • Oct 9-11 - UAM Weevil Wars
  • Nov 6-8 - LSUS Red River Classic
  • Nov 20-21 - UU Bulldog Classic
  • Dec 4-5 - MC Deep South
  • Feb 5-7 - LSU Mardi Gras Classic
  • Feb 27-28 - HSU Reddie to Rumble
  • Mar 12-14 - UCA End of Hi-Bear-Nation
  • Mar 26-29 - IPDA Championships at UCA

2008-09 Debate Team


Award Tally (.pdf)

Name Hometown Major
Aaron Brown Owensboro, KY Theater
Kate Conkling Evansville, KY French
Betsy Davis Henderson, KY English and History
Ben Fulton Evansville, IN Business
Bethany Hogg Covington, TN Political Science
Jordan Hughey Little Rock, AR Chemistry
Andrew Roberts Hendersonville, TN Political Science
Jonathan Skagfield Tallahassee, FL Philosophy and Ethics
Jessikah Stahl Springfiled, TN Psychology
Kristin Tisdale Hendersonville, TN Undecided
Emily Welborn Harrisburg, IL Social Work
Mandisa Wofford Atlanta, GA English and Business



About the Coach

Web Drake

Dr. Web Drake is in his 14th year coaching collegiate debate. Dr. Drake has coached Public Debate, Parliamentary Debate, and Individual Events. He's competed in, judged, or worked with a variety of other forensic activities including Cross-Examination Debate, Youth Legislature, Home School Debate, Policy Debate, and Lincoln-Douglas Debate.

While in college, Dr. Drake was a highly recognized speaker, winning the Mississippi State Championship in Impromptu Speaking, Extemporaneous Speaking, and Persuasive Speaking.

After attending Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and receiving his Ph.D. from LSU, Web began his teaching career at Mississippi College where he served for 10 years. At MC, he revived their Speech and Debate Team winning multiple awards and honors along the way. Web is a past Chair of the Governing Board of the of the International Public Debate Association, a member of the Pi Kappa Delta Forensics Honor Society, and an experienced tournament host. His students have won multiple tournaments and speaker awards.


Union University Speech & Debate Team
1050 Union University Drive
Jackson, TN 38305