Golden Desert Debate Tournament at UNLV

2018 — Las Vegas, NV/US

2018 Ted Belch Coach and Educator of the Year Award

Ted Belch Award


We are forever indebted to Ted Belch for helping us to establish the Golden Desert Tournament as one of the premier high school debate tournaments on the west coast. To recognize his contribution to our tournament, and to the high school debate community in general, we are proud to announce the creation of the “Ted Belch Coach and Educator of the Year” award. The 2016 recipient of this award was Chuck Ballingall from Damien High School and the 2017 recipient of this award was Tim Alderete from the Meadows School. We look forward to honoring another incredible coach in 2018 as the "Ted Belch Coach and Educator of the Year."

 Award nominations submitted by coaches, debaters, and debate alumni will all be accepted and be evaluated by the Golden Desert tournament awards committee. Nomination letters may be sent to Dr. Jake Thompson by email at with the words “TED AWARD NOMINATION” in the subject heading. Nominees should be active coaches in competitively successful high school debate programs who are committed to student education and who are coaching mentors.