Department of Communication Studies

Coaching Staff

2014-15 Staff

Director of Forensics, Dr. John Fritch

Associate Dean, College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences
University of Northern Iowa
(319) 273-2725
john.fritch@uni.edu

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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.

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Co-Director of Individual Events, Joshua Hamzehee

Over the past six years, Josh Hamzehee (M.A., California State University, Long Beach) has coached multiple interpretation and platform speaking events to national final rounds at both the American Forensics Association and National Forensics Association national tournaments. Over the past three, he has helped coach UNI speech to 10th place finishes at AFA (2012, 2013, 2014), a 10th place finish at NFA (2013) with only 3 competitors attending the tournament, and before his time at UNI helped CSULB to 6th place AFA finishes (2009, 2010) with multiple national finalists.

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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, Derod Taylor

2nd Year Graduate Student, Speech Assistant, Michael Taylor

1st Year Graduate Student, Volunteer Speech Coach, Scott Bredman

1st Year Graduate Student, Volunteer Speech Coach, Dawne McClure

Volunteer Debate Coach, Zach Simonson