“I was very fortunate to have Kris Wright as my coach for my entire debate career. Kris not only knows a great amount on strategy and diverse content, but he is also a master strategist when it comes to getting student to understand difficult concepts. Through his unique teaching style and humor, Kris will surely make your camp experience and the things you learn memorable.”
— Dino De La O, 2016 University of Houston Champion

Highlights

  • Director and Co-Founder of the Texas Debate Collective, a non-profit debate camp for low-income students 
  • Member of the 2010 Teach for America Corps
  • Coached debate for over 13 years in both policy and Lincoln-Douglas Debate
  • Former Teacher at Law Magnet Barefoot Sanders in Dallas, TX

Kris Wright has a B.A. in Philosophy and Government, and a M.A. in Women's & Gender Studies from the University of Texas, Austin. He was a 2010 Teach for America corps member, and has coached Lincoln-Douglas debate for over thirteen years. He has coached for Marcus, Westlake, Southlake, University School, and, most recently, the Law Magnet, where he also coached policy debate. In addition to still coaching students at the Law Magnet, Kris also coaches individual students in other areas of the country. On the Texas circuit, Kris' students have reached finals of UIL State in LD and won the tournament in Informative Speaking. At the more competitive TFA State, his LDers have reached semifinals four times and won the tournament in 2009, while also winning top-speaker.

On the national circuit, he has coached students to qualify to the TOC, with bids from major tournaments including Greenhill, St. Marks, Bronx, Apple Valley, Valley, Emory, and Harvard. His students have reached finals of TOC-qualifying tournaments eighteen times, and to elimination rounds of the TOC, including a semifinalist.His students have been invited to national round robins, including Greenhill, Kandi King, TDC/Strake, Harvard and the Sunvitational. Kris also coached Policy debate at the Law Magnet for four years. His policy teams qualified to NSDA Nationals seven times from the same district as Greenhill. Multiple Law Magnet policy teams also reached elimination rounds of TFA State, including the 2016 TFA State Champions. He ahs also qualified multiple teams to the TOC, including an octofinal appearance in 2016. His teams were also invited to some of the most competitive round robins, including Greenhill, College Prep, University of Texas at Austin, and the University of Oklahoma.

He has extensive experience as a curriculum director and/or instructor at many summer debate camps, including as a co-founder of the Texas Debate Collective (TDC). This will be his second year at NSD.