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Samford Debate Director Ranked Among Nation's Top Five Judges

Posted: Thursday, March 25, 2010
Contact: Mary Wimberley, phone (205) 726-2922, e-mail

Samford University director of debate Ryan W. Galloway has been ranked the third best judge of the past decade (2000-2009) in a national poll of his professional peers.

At the end of each decade, the National Debate Tournament judges' poll surveys collegiate debate coaches across the nation to rank teams, coaches and judges. The judges' category considers the competency and integrity of each coach's work as a judge at debate tournaments.

In collegiate debate, judging is done by coaches and staff of the schools that are entered in each tournament. During the course of a year, more than 1,000 coaches serve as judges at tournaments.

Galloway, assistant professor of communication studies, is in his fifth year at Samford.

He and the Samford debate team returned this week from the National Debate Tournament at University of California-Berkeley, at which he was chosen to serve as a final round judge for the sixth time in his 15-year career as a debate coach.

Joining Galloway in the list of the nation's top five judges were coaches from Emory University, Dartmouth College, Michigan State University and North Texas State University.

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The Samford Debate team is a program of Samford University since 1841, when it was known as the Franklin Polemic Society. The squad is a proud member of the Communication Studies Department at Samford University, housed in Brooks Hall.
The Samford Debate squad competes in policy debate tournaments across the country. In 2009, the program qualified a team for the National Debate Tournament in Austin, Texas.

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The 2009 NDT Qualifying Team of Dan Bagwell and Logan Gramzinski with their coaches and teammates.

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Dan and Logan debating at the NDT

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Samford 2008 NDT Qualifying Team of Logan Gramzinski and Erin Ramsey with their coaches