Building the Tradition

Debate news stories
The UT Dallas Debate Team was established in the fall 1996, when it won the “Brady Lee Garrison Newcomer Sweepstake Award.” Since then, the team has built a tradition of success. With late elimination round appearances at all major tournaments, including the quarterfinals at the 2010 National Debate Tournament and Cross Examinational Debate Association (CEDA) competitions, our team gets plenty of high-level exposure in the debate community. Until he recently graduated, we were also the home of Brian Rubaie, CEDA’s 2010 National Debater of the Year.

UT Dallas supports its debaters through scholarships and travel opportunities, and much more. If you’re interested in joining our team or just learning more about collegiate debate, we want to hear from you. Explore the growing tradition of UT Dallas Debate.














UTD Debate traveled to University of Nevada, Las Vegas October 17-20, 2014 with excellent results for the team of Demarcus Powell and Daniel Becker, competing in the Junior Varsity division.

One of the trophy cabinets housing Debate awards.

(L-R) Director of Debate, Scott Herndon, Team Member Anthony Ogbuli, Team Member Jacob Loehr and Debate Coach Phil Samuels.

Jacob Loehr and Anthony Ogbuli show-off some hardware from the Texas Two-Step.

Ogbuli speaks while partner Jacob flows in an elim debate of the Two-Step at UT-Dallas.

Andrew Baker (left) and Brian Rubaie reached the 2010 National Debate Tournament (NDT) quarterfinals and were a first round at-large team.

Anthony Ogbuli relaxes for a moment before giving his 1AR.

Jacob Loehr and Assistant Coach Eric Robinson chatting before a debate.

Jacob’s ‘Game Face’ as he begins his 2AC.

Anthony hams it up as Jacob answers questions during cross examination.

Political science majors Collin Roark and Wes Dwyer smile for the camera during prep for the 2009 National Debate Tournament in Berkeley, Calif. Roark and Dwyer qualified to compete in the NDT by winning third place at a district qualifying competition – the result of weeks of practice and research. Teams practice and research up to 40 hours a week prior to a tournament.

2008 Cross Examination Debate Association Southwest Region Critic of the year Scott Herndon, judging the finals of CEDA national tournament in Pocatello, Idaho.

2013 NDT qualifier Samantha Varney and Jacob Loehr pose with Director Scott Herndon and Assistant Coaches Todd Jordan and Corey Stone.

UTD debate relaxing in Las Vegas before a tournament.