“Jenn is a wonderful coach and friend. She is compassionate about what she does, and it really shows. Moreover, she doesn’t just instill information. She pushes students and challenges any presuppositions they have. It was truly a transformative experience to be taught by Jenn.”
— Alex Yoakum, 2014 TOC Qualifier


  • Active in the National and Texas Debate Circuits for 15 Years
  • Coached nearly every student to the Texas Forensics Association State Tournament
  • Focused on Coaching Students from Small, Travel-Restricting Programs

Jenn Melin has been active in the national and Texas debate communities for fifteen years. As a student, she qualified for the TOC, NFL (now NSDA) Nationals, and TFA State.  She was the champion of the Vestavia Hills TOC Bid Tournament, a Greenhill Round Robin participant, the runner up at the Southwest and Dark Horse Round Robins, and a TFA State out round participant.

As a coach her students have been in out rounds of virtually every major national tournament. She has coached champions of the Grapevine and University of Texas TOC Bid Tournaments. Jenn has qualified thirteen different students to the TOC, with a significant number of those qualifications coming from small Texas programs with travel restrictions. She has qualified almost every student she’s ever coached to TFA State; culminating in a record setting fourteen LD qualifications in a single year. She coached the 2016 Grapevine runner-up.  Her students have participated in out rounds of both TOC and TFA. Three different students of hers have achieved top 20 NSDA/NFL Nationals honors. Jenn has also coached a UIL 5A State Champion. Additional accolades include numerous participants in the Bronx, Greenhill, MBA, Valley, and Vassar Round Robins.

Jenn has taught at NSD, VBI, UNT, UTNIF, and Capitol Debate Institute. She previously directed curriculum for UTNIF and VBI, and this will be her second year directing NSD Texas.