Hear From Your Directors
At Capitol Debate, our mission is to help youth find their voice. Through the practice of debate, we help middle school and high school students gain valuable skills, including leadership, independence, critical thinking, and communication — preparing them for their academic and professional careers.
It’s no secret that our Camp Directors hold the key to inspiring the youth of tomorrow. They are tasked with leading our efforts to invoke change and transformation throughout each of our 40+ Summer Camp locations.
Our team of talented Camp Directors are fundamental to keeping your children safe while helping our program run smooth. Plus, they do all of this with a smile.
In preparation for our 2018 Summer Camp Season, our Camp Directors have a few words to say to you about what to expect from this life-changing experience:
Camp Director at NYU, GA Tech, UNC Chapel Hill, St. John’s U, Hofstra U, Iona College
Bradley T. Hicks has been a teacher for 17 years and currently teaches U.S. History, Government, and Economics in Williston, Florida. He holds a B.A. from Centre College in Danville, Kentucky. Inspired by youth who have a desire to seek truth, Bradley enjoys seeing students have fun while learning and making education a life-long passions. He has been coaching debate since 2005. His former Public Forum teams and LD debaters at Douglas High School and University School won several tournaments at local, state, and national levels and have also earned dozens of TOC bids. In Public Forum, he was a coach of the 2006 NFL National Runners-Up, the 2012 Florida State Champions and the 2012 TOC Champions. Bradley announces basketball games, coaches baseball, and helps at the local theater by building sets, directing, and acting. Summer 2016 will be his fourth summer with Capitol Debate.
Camp Director at UT Houston, St. Edward’s U, UBC, Notre Dame Baltimore, American U.
Terri teaches at East View High School in Georgetown, Texas where she has been actively involved in the speech & debate community for almost 40 years. Many of her students have advanced to state and national level competition.
Camp Director at Villanova University, Fairfield University
Stan Banks has committed to giving back to the debate community that provided him with a transformational experience as a student. He believes debate doesn’t just teach valuable communication and argumentation skills; it changes lives.
Stan has been debating or coaching debate in public schools for over twenty years. In that time, he has established debate programs at middle schools and high schools in Utah and Florida. As Co-Director of the Sun Country Forensics Institute, he introduced hundreds of students to debate and mentored dozens of new coaches.
Stan is currently Director of Forensics for West Orange High School in Florida. His team travels the National Circuit.
Camp Director at Ohio State U, Marymount U, Loyola U. Chicago, Cornish College Seattle
Savon Ayodeji debated for 3 years with the Capitol Debate family in high school, advancing to elimination rounds at many nationally ranked tournaments before debating for 4 years at Liberty University where he qualified for the National Debate Tournament. Savon has been coaching for 3 years before joining Capitol Debate as a coach. He has coached many high school teams to deep elimination rounds at national tournaments and qualified multiple teams to the Tournament of Champions.
Camp Director at San Jose State University, University of Michigan
Nancy Green has been coaching debate at the McCallie School in Chattanooga, TN for the last 8 years. During that time, her teams have consistently placed in break rounds at national tournaments such as Wake Forest, Blue Key, Yale, Princeton, and Barkley Forum, and produced 4 debate All-Americans. In 2011, McCallie closed out the finals of the Wake Forest Tournament. Nancy also heads up a summer forensics camp at McCallie which introduces students to Public Forum debate, Mock Trial, and Model UN.
Camp Director at Southern Methodist U, San Diego U, UCLA, California State u. Fullerton
Ryan is currently the Director of Speech and Debate at Texas A&M University where he is working on completing his Ph.D. in communication. In addition to coaching the speech and debate team, Ryan also teaches public speaking and argumentation courses. Although Ryan’s experience as a competitor falls primarily under the realm of public speaking, he is experienced in coaching multiple forms of debate at both the high school and collegiate level. For Ryan, speech and debate is about improving confidence, increasing critical thinking ability, and improving overall communication skills, which are all important to be successful in life. Speech and debate has played a major role in Ryan’s life and he is excited to share those experiences with his students.
Camp Director at Drew University S3, Drew University S4
Since 1985 Chuck has coached all forms of Debate as well as High School & Middle School Mock Trial. He directs plays. At the 2016 NSDA SLC Nationals , he co-coached the 8th place South Carolina World Schools Debate Team. His PFD team captured 8th place at the 2004 SLC Nationals. His Mock Trial Team captured the 2004 National HS Championship. He has coached numerous Academy students to out rounds at the NSDA tournament and has had two National Speech Champions. Throughout the year he and his wife assist coaches in the Southeast running their tournaments . They both enjoy working behind the scenes in the NSDA Nationals Tabulation room. Chuck loves to read and travel with his wife.
Camp Director at Hun School of Princeton, Rider University
Chuck McCarthy has held multiple roles at Wall Hall School in Wall, New Jersey from AP American History Teacher to National Honors Society Faculty Advisor to Social Studies/ROTC Department Chairperson. He uses debate within his social studies classroom to strengthen his students’ public speaking skills and help to solidify their understanding of history. Chuck has a Bachelor of Arts in History and a Master of Arts in Education Administration both from the University of Scranton.
Gail L. Nicholas
Arizona State University, University of Pennsylvania
Gail Nicholas has coached speech and debate for over 30 years at Bob Jones Academy where she teaches American Government. For over a decade she has served as the district chair for the National Speech and Debate Association for the state of South Carolina. She is known for her expertise in the tab room where she can be found working on many a weekend in both North and South Carolina. Her coaching favorites are public speaking events although she has coached all events over the years. Capitol Debate summer camps have inspired Gail with a new love for teaching middle school students the basic elements of speech and debate. In her spare time, she loves to travel.
Dan Wadley has been teaching Biblical Ethics at The McCallie School for the last ten years. He has taught 36 total years. During his time at McCallie he has served as varsity basketball coach (2006-14), and currently is assistant 8 th grade baseball coach, assistant Model UN coach, and is a residential dorm advisor. Dan has supervised and worked with various residential camps, served as a youth director, and coached a variety of sports in his 36 years as a teacher. He loves investing his time with young people as he sees them as the future leaders.