Debate Coaches and Staff

Michael Souders 75x100Dr. Michael Souders (Ph.D, University of Kansas) is the founding director and the head coach of the UW Debate Union and lecturer in the Department of Communication.
Roger Copenhaver is an assistant for the UW Debate Union. A native of Puyallup, WA, he earned his BA in political science from Idaho State University in 2014, where he was also a nationally-competitive debater, qualifying for the National Debate Tournament (NDT) and advancing to the quarterfinals of the CSU-Fullerton tournament. Roger currently works at Amazon and hopes to advance to senior leadership within Amazon.
Katya Kolesova is the graduate teaching assistant for the UW Debate Union. A native of the Russian Federation, Katya earned her MA at the University of Texas and is a Ph.D candidate in communication studies at UW.
Dan Lee is an assistant coach for the UW Debate Union and a Ph.D student in molecular engineering at UW. A native of New York City, New York, Dan debated for Cornell University and qualified to the National Debate Tournament (NDT) in 2011. Once he finishes his Ph.D, Dan hopes to continue his career as a professor of molecular engineering.