Working with Ben Kessler has been a wonderful experience; he teaches honestly and compassionately. He has always been there to help me push myself to articulate my ideas a little bit better or learn a little bit more about each topic - even when I would otherwise not have seen how to improve
— Kaley Pillinger, 2016 TOC Octafinalist


  • Finished career in Semifinals of the Tournament of Champions and Winning the NCFL National Championship
  • Ranked 2nd Nationally
  • Coached 16 total bids, including champions at Bronx Science, Columbia, Princeton, and Villiger

Ben Kessler debated for Stuyvesant High School and earned 15 bids to the Tournament of Champions, where he semifinaled. Ben also championed the Blake Tournament, the George Mason Invitational, the Columbia Invitational, and the NCFL Grandnational Championship. Since graduating, Ben has coached teams from Hunter High School in New York. In 3 years, his teams have cumulatively amassed 27 bids to the Tournament of Champions, where 2 of his teams have advanced to the octafinal round. His teams have also championed the New York City Invitational, Columbia Invitational, Princeton Invitational, and Villiger Invitational, been invited to the Harvard Round Robin 5 times, and been ranked in the top 10 in the country every year he’s coached.