Department of Communication Studies

Coaching Staff

2016-17 Staff

Director of Forensics, Dr. John Fritch

Associate Dean, College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences
University of Northern Iowa
(319) 273-2725

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Co-Director of Individual Events, Sadé Barfield

Ms. Barfield (M.A., University of Northern Iowa) has routinely produced students that have received national recognition at both the American Forensics Association (AFA) and National Forensics Association (NFA) Nationals. During her time coaching, UNI has achieved 10th place at the AFA nationals in 2012, 2013, and 2014 as well as producing a national champion in Impromptu speaking in 2013. Sade is a recipient of the Grace Walsh Award (2016) and was recognized as a winner of the Larry Schnoor Award at the Larry Schnoor Invitational (2014).

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Co-Director of Individual Events, Zoe Russell 

As an alum of the UNI Speech Team, Zoe (M.A, Ball State University) has returned to Cedar Falls to co-direct the UNI Individual Events team. Zoe has coached students to regional and national success at Ball State University, helping to coach the team to a 6th place finish at NFA in 2015, and a 7th place finish at NFA in 2016. 

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Director of Debate, Richard Tews

Richard Tews (M.A., Miami University) has coached UNI teams to the NDT, CEDA and the National Junior Division Debate Tournament (NJDDT) National Championships. In 2011, Mr. Tews coached the third place team at the NJDDT, and an NDT qualifying team in 2011. In 2013, he coached a UNI team that made it to the Triple Octafinals at CEDA National Debate Tournament at Idaho State University. Prior to coaching at UNI, Mr. Tews qualified teams to the NDT from two different schools, including a team that reached the elimination rounds twice.

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Assistant Coaches:

2nd Year Graduate Student, Speech Assistant, Ryan Courtney

2nd Year Graduate Student, Debate Assistant, Megan Mapes

Volunteer Speech Coach, Chris Apling