Meet Our Coaching Staff

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Mr. Jeffrey Miller - Director of Speech & Debate

Mr. Jeffrey Miller is entering his ninth year at Marist School where he teaches the Speech & Debate and Public Speaking courses. Prior to coaching and teaching at Marist, Jeffrey coached at Fayette County High School for five years. Jeffrey has coached sixteen State Champions, twelve while here at Marist School. During his tenure, Marist has qualified 71 students to the National Speech & Debate Association National Championship, 29 students to the National Catholic Forensic League National Championship, and 22 students to the Tournament of Champions. Marist teams have finished top ten nationally eight times since Jeffrey joined us in 2012 — 5th in 2014 (public forum), 9th in 2015 (policy), 9th in 2016 (policy and public forum), 9th in 2017 (policy), 5th in 2017 (public forum), 9th in 2018 (public forum), and 3rd in 2019 (in public forum). Jeffrey is the recipient of the 2011 GFCA Peach Fuzz Coaching Award, 2012 GFCA Coach of the Year, the 2013 NDCA Rising Star Award, a two time recipient of the NSDA Don Crabtree Distinguished Service Award, and the 2018 Georgia Debate Educator of the Year. Jeffrey serves on the NSDA Public Forum Wording Committee. In the summers, Jeffrey is the Director of Debate at the National Debate Forum, the country’s largest public forum institute.

You can reach Mr. Miller at millerj@marist.com.

Mr. Chad Meadows - Assistant Coach

Mr. Chad Meadows is the Director of Debate at Western Kentucky University and is joining the Marist Debate coaching staff this season. As Director of Debate of WKU, he has helped build one of the most dominant teams in NFA-LD history winning a national championship every season he has coached there. He serves on the NSDA Public Forum Wording Committee and as the Chair of the NFA-LD Wording Committee. In the summers, he is a Senior Instructor for the National Debate Forum where he teaches the top level of students that attend.

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Ms. Marybeth Ehlbeck - Assistant Coach

Ms. Marybeth Ehlbeck is a student at Emory University and is joining the Marist Debate coaching staff this season. She graduated from Newsome High School in Tampa, Florida where she reached elimination rounds at several national tournaments and qualified to the NSDA National Championship. This past summer, Marybeth was a junior instructor at the National Debate Forum.