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UW DEBATE COACHES
Travis Cram, Director of Forensics
Cram received a bachelor's degree in political science from UW in 2007. He then was a graduate student at Kansas in communication studies. Cram also was a teaching assistant and assistant debate coach at KU. He finished his master's degree there in 2010. His thesis topic was about the foreign policy rhetoric of the George W. Bush administration, focusing on the policies and rhetoric during the second term of his presidency. A 2008 UW graduate, Cram was for two years an assistant coach for the national champion KU. As a debater while attending Cheyenne East High School, he qualified for the prestigious Tournament of Champions. At UW, Cram was the ninth seed at the 2008 National Debate Tournament his senior year, when he also won the Weber State University Round Robin and was on two district championship teams.
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Mike Bausch, debate coach
- Mike Bausch is a debate graduate assistant from Boise, Idaho. This is Mike's first year of coaching. As a debater for the University of Wyoming, he had one of the most successful careers in Wyoming Debate history, including qualifying to the National Debate Tournament 4 times. In his senior year, Mike collected a slew of speaking awards at major tournaments, including 18th at Wake Forest University, Third at Gonzaga University and First speaker at the Las Vegas Classic, Weber Round Robin and Idaho State tournaments. Mike capped off his career by clearing to the elimination rounds of the NDT as the 15th seed.
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Chris Loghry, debate coach
- Chris Loghry is a debate graduate assistant from Cheyenne, Wyo. This is Chris's second year of coaching. As a debater at UMKC and Emporia State University, he was a two-time qualifier to the National Debate Tournament and appeared in the deep elimination rounds of several major tournaments, including the University of Northern Iowa, Central Oklahoma, Wake Forest, Georgia State, Gonzaga and CEDA Nationals. As a first year coach at Emporia State University last year, Chris was instrumental in coaching his team to national-level success, including the elimination rounds of the NDT.
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