Don Crabtree

I mean, what can I even say at this point? We’ve had weeks of wonderful interviews with smart and funny and wise coaches from all over the country. I get something from every conversation and then I get even more when I listen back to our conversations later. This series will be something I revisit again and again as a coach, and I hope you are able to take advantage of these interviews in the same way. Today, we’re sharing our interview with Don Crabtree, who has coached for over four decades and currently serves as President of the National Speech and Debate Association. No further explanation necessary for why Malyssa and I were so excited to speak with him.

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Forensics Faces is recorded and edited in Sheboygan, WI. Our theme song was written and performed by JJ Hameister. Special thanks to Steve Schappaugh and Deano Pape of the NSDA for connecting me with the folks featured in this series. If you’re a fan of Forensics Faces, please take a moment to rate and review the podcast on iTunes. The more we’re reviewed, the easier it is for others to find out about us. More information is available at www.ForensicsFaces.com, and you connect with us on Facebook & Twitter by searching Forensics Faces.

Greg Stevens

Malyssa and Kirt really enjoy promoting forensics by hosting this podcast, but we know that we’re promoting the activity within our already established forensics family. Maybe we can extend our fan base to our close friends and family. Maybe. But today’s guest comes from a place where speech and debate are valued in ways that will blow your mind. Greg Stevens is a coach from…well many places, but most notably Okoboji High School in Iowa. (Sidenote: why do so many people make fun of Sheboygan when there are towns in the world named Okoboji?) We loved talking to Greg about ways to increase the visibility of our programs as well as the history and legacy of speech and debate in Iowa. This is definitely an episode that will appeal to our colleagues in the debate world. He also told us about the craziest and most profitable fundraising idea we’ve ever heard.

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Forensics Faces is recorded and edited in Sheboygan, WI. Our theme song was written and performed by JJ Hameister. Special thanks to Steve Schappaugh and Deano Pape of the NSDA for connecting me with the folks featured in this series. If you’re a fan of Forensics Faces, please take a moment to rate and review the podcast on iTunes. The more we’re reviewed, the easier it is for others to find out about us. More information is available at www.ForensicsFaces.com, and you connect with us on Facebook & Twitter by searching Forensics Faces.

Jacquelyn Young

I’ve said it before, but this series of interviews with coaches from across the US has truly been one of the highlights of my time as a coach in forensics. I have loved every interview, and today is one of my favorites. Jacquelyn Young is the coach at Blue Springs High School in Blue Springs, MO. Ms. Young is an award-winning interp coach who has ushered dozens of students to success at the national level.

I hear from listeners all the time about things they want to know more about, and one question I get all the time is, “How do I find pieces for my kids?” Well, I asked Jacci, and she shares her process.

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I also just want to share how I felt when this conversation was over. I felt lighter after speaking with Jacci. She lives for this activity, but she knows that success is relative. It takes time, and it really doesn’t matter as much as we think it does. We provide a place for students to express themselves, and that’s the real success. Thanks, Jacci, for reminding me of that.

Forensics Faces is recorded and edited in Sheboygan, WI. Our theme song was written and performed by JJ Hameister. Special thanks to Steve Schappaugh and Deano Pape of the NSDA for connecting me with the folks featured in this series. If you’re a fan of Forensics Faces, please take a moment to rate and review the podcast on iTunes. The more we’re reviewed, the easier it is for others to find out about us. More information is available at www.ForensicsFaces.com, and you connect with us on Facebook & Twitter by searching Forensics Faces.

Trey Smith

On this week’s episode of our Retro Forensics Faces series, we’re speaking with Trey Smith, the coach from East Mountain High School near Albuquerque, NM. Trey is also his district NSDA chair, and we asked him about his relationship with his administration. Trey’s former Principal was recognized by the NSDA for supporting the speech and debate program at his school. Malyssa and Kirt also had a really good time learning about how speech and debate in New Mexico in some ways resembles what is done in Wisconsin and in other ways is very different.

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Forensics Faces is recorded and edited in Sheboygan, WI. Our theme song was written and performed by JJ Hameister. Special thanks to Steve Schappaugh and Deano Pape of the NSDA for connecting me with the folks featured in this series. If you’re a fan of Forensics Faces, please take a moment to rate and review the podcast on iTunes. The more we’re reviewed, the easier it is for others to find out about us. More information is available at www.ForensicsFaces.com, and you connect with us on Facebook & Twitter by searching Forensics Faces.

Donus D. Roberts

This is the first episode in a series of interviews we’ll be sharing with listeners every week in between our regular weekly chats. Over the course of the next few weeks, we’ll be chatting with people who can offer new perspectives on forensics, share with us what the activity is like in their neck of the woods, and hopefully make our forensics world feel a little smaller.

The first interview in this series is with one of the forensics’ world’s biggest superstars, Donus D. Roberts, or DDR if you know him well. Roberts is an 11-diamond coach in the National Forensics League. Eleven. Diamond. Coach. He served on the NFL (now NSDA) Board of Directors for 24 years, which sounds like a long time until you compare that to his 57-year career as the coach at Watertown High School in Watertown, SD. In addition to many other accomplishments that he refused to brag about in our conversation, Roberts created Public Forum debate to make the activity more accessible to students.

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Forensics Faces is recorded and edited in Sheboygan, WI. Our theme song was written and performed by JJ Hameister. Special thanks to Steve Schappaugh and Deano Pape of the NSDA for connecting me with the folks featured in this series. If you’re a fan of Forensics Faces, please take a moment to rate and review the podcast on iTunes. The more we’re reviewed, the easier it is for others to find out about us. More information is available at www.ForensicsFaces.com, and you connect with us on Facebook & Twitter by searching Forensics Faces.