June 28, 2022

Adrienne Brovero Named National Coach of the Year

Adrienne Brovero, head debate coach at UMW, was honored with the Ross K. Smith National Coach of the Year Award from the National Debate Tournament. The award, given annually at the Wake Forest University intercollegiate debate tournament, is reserved for exceptional teachers who advance the forensic art.

Brovero received this distinction during a ceremony on Friday, November 11 at Wake Forest University.

Tim O’Donnell talks about the significance of the award in the press release from Thursday, Nov. 17.


Adrienne Brovero

Led by coach Adrienne Brovero, UMW’s debate team racked up a litany of awards at the recent Liberty University debate tournament including the top three speakers in the varsity division. In addition, the two-person tandem of Patrick McCleary and Colin McElhinny reached the finals, placing second after a close debate with Wake Forest University.
The UMW debate team has been in action every weekend since September and will continue through the end of March at the national championships. UMW will host an intercollegiate tournament on campus January 4-6, 2011 that is open for visitors.