Director of Debate, Linda Collier, has a 30 year career in coaching. Her resume includes 20 years at UMKC, where she led that program to four National Championships. Favorite moments include winning the 1994 CEDA National Championship and second place at the 2006 National Debate Tournament. Since her arrival at Barstow, high school policy debaters have earned multiple appearances at the Tournament of Champions and her middle school teams have won four consecutive City Championships. She has been recognized for coaching excellence by the Cross Examination Debate Association, the University of Utah, the University of Miami, Towson State University, William Jewell College, DEBATE-Kansas City and Heritage Hall High School. She is a past recipient of the American Forensics Association Brockriede National Research Award, and has served as the Principal Investigator for more than $450,000 of grant funding associated with returning debate to urban high schools in Kansas City. Her national study entitled “Argument for Success,” has been cited by more than 15 national publications engaged in evaluating the efficacy of high school debate.
Assistant Debate Coach, Brian Rubaie, won the 2015 Rising Star award presented by the National Debate Coaches Association to the nation’s most outstanding coach in their first five years of service. Mr. Rubaie returned to the area in 2013, where he debated for Shawnee Mission East, after coaching in Chicago and Texas. He qualified for the National Debate Tournament all four years he was eligible while earning his degree at the University of Texas-Dallas.
Barstow Debate travels the national high school circuit of policy debate. Teams regularly compete at the Iowa Caucuses (Cedar Rapids), Heritage Hall Academy (Oklahoma City), St. Mark’s School of Texas’ The Heart of Texas and Sophomore Hoe Down (Dallas), New Trier and the Glenbrooks (Chicago),The Southern Bell Forum at Montgomery Bell Academy, (Nashville), the Tournament of Champions, University of Kentucky, and the California Invitational at the University of California (Berkeley).