Coaches‎ > ‎


Coaches Honored at the UDCA Spring Banquet

posted May 17, 2016, 8:28 AM by Moses Baca

2016 UDCA Banquet

The Utah Debate Coaches Association held its annual Spring Banquet on May 16th, honoring coaches for their achievements over the past year and in some cases, for a career of service spanning decades.

The UDCA inducted four coaches into the Utah Debate Coaches Hall of Fame. Inductees included Laren Swensen who coached at Juab High School, Scott Mansfield who coached at Lehi High School and Westlake High School, Carol Shackelford who coached at Bingham High School, and Dave Smith who coached most recently at Highland High School.

Alli Martin was awarded a lifetime achievement award for her service while coaching at Alta High School and most recently Jordan High School. Martin currently serves as the co-host for the 2016 National Speech and Debate Association Tournament to be held in Salt Lake City.

Bonnie Gailey was also awarded a lifetime achievement award for her service coaching in Utah. Gailey’s coached most recently at Hunter High School, and concludes 37 years of teaching.

Additional honorees included Michelle Smith of Viewmont High School for Coach of the Year in the 5A classification. Sharon Ellsworth-Nielson of Park City High School was awarded most improved coach in the 3A classification and Phil Clark of Lehi High School was awarded for the most improved coach in the 5A classification. Brooke Gregg was recognized with the award for Ambassador for Debate.

2016-2017 UDCA Executive Committee Announced

posted May 9, 2016, 9:09 AM by Moses Baca   [ updated May 18, 2016, 7:40 AM ]

The UDCA is pleased to announce the election of the executive committee for the upcoming season. Each spring, UDCA members nominate select members of their peers to represent them in various offices. For positions except president, the committee's service begins  immediately and will serve until a new election is held in the spring of 2017. The president first serves as a president-elect for one year, then serves a two-year team. Doug Welton is now in his second term of president, and Scott Odekirk begins as president-elect.

The results of the UDCA Executive Committee for the 2016-2017 year are as follows:

President: Doug Welton
President Elect: Scott Odekirk
Treasurer: Gail Scoville
Director of Judges: Cindy Sidwell
Assistant Director of Judges: Adam Hess
Director of Tournaments: Jake Neilson
Assistant Director of Tournaments: Brett Rydalch
Director of Public Relations: Moses Baca
Assistant Director of Public Relations: Sharon Ellsworth-Nielson
Director of Communications: Greg Arnold
Director of Professional Development: Erin Pack-Jordan

1-2 of 2