Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2011-09-26


Debaters Dan Bagwell and Jacob Lewis have claimed a first for the Samford University debate program with their #10 ranking in the just-released National Coaches Poll.

“This is the highest that a Samford team has been ranked since the inception of the coaches’ poll,” said Samford coach Abi Williams.

Additionally, Samford as a debate school is ranked #9 in the nation, which is the highest ranking Samford has achieved in that category, according to Williams.

In addition to Samford, the top 10 team list includes debaters from University of Michigan, University of Oklahoma, Harvard University, Michigan State University, Gonzaga University, and Georgetown University. Last year’s national championship school, Northwestern University, is represented by three teams ranked 1, 4 and 6.

In the Coaches Poll, every collegiate debate coach in the nation is eligible to cast one ballot to rank the top 25  among the hundreds of eligible teams. The poll, in its third year, is conducted four to six times during the debate season.

About Samford University – Samford University is a premier nationally ranked private university deeply rooted in its Christian mission. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th oldest institution of higher education in the United States. U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 4th among regional universities in the South. Samford enrolls 5,619 students from 44 states, the District of Columbia and 29 other countries in its 10 academic units: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy, and public health. Samford also fields 17 NCAA Division I teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference.