Coaches: All Events
Specialty: Platform, Limited Preparation
Mike competed for 3 years in Speech and Debate with Orange Coast College during their historical time as a four-time consecutive Gold team at CCCFA and Phi Rho Pi. During his time as a competitor, he received over six awards in Impromptu Speaking, Extemporaneous Speaking, and Debate across two California State and Phi Rho Pi championships.
Mike graduated from California State University, Long Beach with his Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and a Minor in Communication Studies. During his time there, he contributed to research in the Psychology field as an undergraduate. He has been a coach since 2016, with many of his students competing at the National level across multiple grades.
Mike's mission is to give students the ability to develop a critical approach to information and to have the tools to navigate the world outside of speech. He also believes that the most important skill to build in speech is the ability to listen to others' stories, as this helps to grow empathy and compassion for others.