Jewell hires championship-level debate coach


Adam Testerman, both a coach of championship debaters and a past national champion himself, will join William Jewell College as the director of debate this summer.

Since 2015, Testerman has been the director of forensics at his alma mater, Texas Tech University. Last year, he coached the top-ranked team in the nation, which won the National Round Robin tournament. He coached one of his students to three national top speaking titles in 2019, another to a top speaking national championship in 2018, and the national runner-up debate team in the National Parliamentary Debate Association championships in 2018. In 2019, Testerman was elected president of the National Parliamentary Tournament of Excellence Board.

A Missouri high school debate champion at Parkview High in Springfield, Testerman continued his success at the college level by winning the 2010 NPDA national tournament with his partner and finishing as runners-up in 2012. In 2010, he was named Top Individual Speaker at the National Parliamentary Tournament of Excellence championship tournament. He and his partner also finished as national runners-up at the 2009 NPTE national championship.

After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in communication studies from Texas Tech, Testerman continued his studies at Portland State University (Oregon), earning a master’s degree in communication. During that time, he served as assistant director of forensics at Lewis and Clark College where he coached another team of national champions.

He will seek to continue the championship-level legacy at Jewell, with a debate program dating to 1873. More recently, Jewell won the 2007 NPTE championship, the 2014 NPDA championship, and duo Katelyn Johnson and David Hansen were the 2016 NPDA national champions. They went on to the Texas Tech graduate program to coach debate under Testerman.