Debate Coaches

Michael Souders 75x100Dr. Michael Souders (Ph.D, University of Kansas) became the first Director of University of Washington Debate Union in 2013. Prior to coming to the UW, Dr. Souders has more than 13 years coaching debate and his teams have won nearly every major award in policy debate. Dr. Souders is also a faculty member in the Department of Communication.
Tim-PollardTim Pollard (BS, University of Washington) began as the new assistant coach for the program in fall 2015. A former high school standout, Tim competed in policy debate at the University of Washington, was a National Debate Scholar and was the program’s first alum. Tim is also the head coach of the Ingraham High School debate program in Seattle, WA.
Liang-PanLiang Pan is the Teaching Assistant for this program in fall 2015. He is a Ph.D. student at the UW Department of Communication. His research interests include: global news media, political communication, international relations and public diplomacy.