Terrence Lonam coached me for the entirety of my four years. Beyond teaching philosophy and argumentation, Terrence was a constant source of support and creativity throughout my debate career. He demonstrated an unwavering commitment to my education
— Neal Kapoor, TOC Octafinalist (2016)


  • Coached 13 TOC Qualifiers and 39 TOC Bids in 3 Years
  • University Fellow at the University of Alabama
  • Led 9 labs at 11 Summer Institutes

Terrence is a coach for his alma mater, Lake Highland Prep as well for several independent students. As a debater, he earned nine career TOC bids, won Lexington and was a team captain. In three years as a coach, he has coached 13 students to the TOC and 3 students to TOC outrounds. At invitational tournaments, his students have accumulated 39 TOC bids and have reached semifinals or finals at Apple Valley, Bronx Science, Emory, Glenbrooks, Harvard, Valley, Lexington, Sunvitational, Yale, Blue Key, Scarsdale, Crestian and Badgerland. His students have also excelled at local and regional competitions, winning two Florida State Championships and qualifying every year to both CFL Nationals and NSDA Nationals.

In addition to his responsibilities at NSD, he has served as a senior staff member and Director of Faculty Development at the Texas Debate Collective, a nonprofit debate institute committed to rectifying inequities in access to debate. Outside of debate, Terrence is a senior at the University of Alabama, pursuing an interdisciplinary degree in Cultural Studies of Education as a University Fellow. At UA, he works with the Honors College and the Officer of Intercultural Diversity to host dialogue-oriented courses and events meant to help students deal with issues of identity and cross-cultural understanding. He plans to continue on at UA to pursue a M.A. in Gender and Race Studies next fall. This will be his fourth summer with NSD.