Jefferson Yahom (Left)
Jefferson Yahom, competed in Oklahoma LD debate and went on to the University of Oklahoma to compete in policy debate. He got to the Semifinals of CEDA and Octofinals of the NDT in the 2014-2015 season. He majored in Film, minored in Japanese, but his research specialty is in black studies and the trajectory of the present order of “knowledge.” His hobbies are studying animation, podcasting and reading.
Director of Forensics
Brady is in his third year as Director of the University of Rochester Debate Union. He has taught and coached many different speech and debate activities for the past eight years at the University of Vermont, the University of Rochester, and at several high schools and middle schools in New York City and Long Island, NY. He began his debate career with competitive success as a varsity debater at the University of Vermont. In 2005 he won the Novice National Debate Tournament, and tied for top speaker. Brady believes in the value and importance of novice debate, while recognizing how rewarding it can be to advance to the highest competitive level. He wants to encourage all UR students to come on by and give debate a try, as he once did many years ago.
British Parliamentary Coach
A high school policy competitor, Bexley began Worlds style debating at intramural high school and collegiate tournaments their junior year. They went on to work with high school debaters in Germany before returning to Alaska to continue coaching high school speech & debate and begin their Worlds debate career at the University of Alaska Anchorage. They received numerous accolades before leaving competitive debate to lecture as a Fellow at the Beihang World Debate Academy and, later, at the North American Debate Academy. They enjoys bread, tea, adventure, and Tig Notaro.