Tom Evnen has a B.A. in philosophy from Swarthmore College, and an M.A. in philosophy from the University of Chicago. Over the last 13 years, he has worked as a full time classroom teacher, a director of debate, and an assistant debate coach, and has consistently been one of the most successful national circuit debate coaches in the country.
As a high school student in the early 2000s, Tom debated for Lincoln Southeast High School in Nebraska. Tom twice cleared to elimination rounds at the Tournament of Champions. His senior year, he was the state champion and a finalist at the Tournament of Champions.
Since then, Tom has worked as an active debate coach and educator for over a decade. He was been a full time teacher and debate coach at the Hockaday School (TX), and has also coached at University School (FL), Oxbridge Academy (FL), Lake Highland (FL), and La Jolla (CA). Tom’s students have cleared to elimination rounds at the Tournament of Champions thirteen times, including four quarterfinalists, two semifinalists, and a finalist. Tom also coached students to the final round of LD at the NFL/NSDA National Tournament for three years in a row, and were victors in two of those three years. In addition, Tom’s students have reached finals or won championships at Apple Valley, Blake, Bronx, the Bronx Round Robin, Emory, Greenhill, the Greenhill Round Robin, Glenbrooks, Harvard, Stanford, St. Marks, Valley, and Yale.
Tom met his wife when they were in high school, where she was a policy debater on his team. They now live in Nebraska and are the proud parents of two sons, Benjamin and Jonathan.