Every Ethos team member is hand-picked, based on character, skill-level, and experience.


Jadon Buzzard

CEO & Head Coach

Jadon Buzzard is Head Coach and co-owner of Ethos Debate. Jadon was a decorated and formidable collegiate debater, winning the 2021 PKD National Tournament in Parli and consistantly breaking far into outrounds in NFA-LD tournaments. He’s won Hillsdale College over 40 debate awards and led their debate team to win several National sweepstakes. Jadon has experience in almost every debate format, coaching many teams that made it to late outrounds at NITOC and NCFCA nationals.  Full Bio

Christian Fernandez

Chief of Operations

Christian Fernandez is Chief of Operations and co-owner of Ethos Debate.

Formerly an adjunct rhetoric professor at Patrick Henry, he holds a Bachelors of Arts in Literature and a Master of Letters in Shakespeare and Performance. As a high school student, Christian competed in Lincoln-Douglas, where he ultimately ranked nationally in 2010 and 2011. Full Bio 


Joel Erickson

Gold Coach | LD, Parli

Joel is an NCFCA alumnus and veteran coach with six years of experience mentoring high school and collegiate debaters. He’s coached numerous students to elimination rounds at Nationals, three of whom secured championship titles.  After years of experience in moot court, LD, mock trial, and interp, hwas named Outstanding Debater of the Year by the Midwest Debate Association in 2019. Having earned his degree in philosophy, he is an assistant coach for the Wheaton communications department. Full Bio

Noah Mckay

Silver Coach | LD, Moot Court

Noah graduated from Covenant College in 2021 and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in philosophy through the University of Edinburgh. In 2016, Noah became a regional LD debate champion and placed in the top ten Nationally. The following year, he went undefeated at the Wenham, MA national open, winning the final round 5-0, and shortly thereafter placed 2nd at the National Championship after achieving a perfect preliminary record. Full Bio


Anthony Severin

Gold Coach | TP, Moot Court

Anthony has coached debaters of all ages and skill levels to national-level competitive success for more than a decade. Now a practicing attorney, he graduated from Baylor in 2014 and from Duke in 2021 and worked for years in the Texas Legislature. These experiences allow Anthony to challenge his students with demanding real-world scenarios that will expand their horizons beyond the trophies and tournaments. Full Bio

Calvin Klomparens

Silver Coach | TP, Mock Trial, Moot Court

Calvin is a junior Government major with a track in American Politics and Policy at Patrick Henry College. Calvin has always had a passion for coaching Team Policy Debate, serving as a coach for his club in the three years before he went to college. He made it to NITOC four times and NFCA Nationals once. In his last three years in debate, he was always part of the number one or two TP teams in his state. Calvin competes in Mock Trial and Moot COurt at PHC. Full Bio

Luke Castle

Silver Coach | LD, TP, & Speech

Luke is a fresh speech and debate graduate currently pursuing a double major at Dallas Baptist University. As a high school student, he competed in five speech and debate leagues experiencing success in Lincoln Douglas, Team Policy and Limited Prep formats. He saw plenty of success during his time in high school, and he’s currently competing on his college debate and mock trial teams, while also teaching debate at a local academy. Full Bio

Amanda McPhetridge

Silver Coach | TP

Amanda has competed in Team Policy debate for three years, and participated in eight speech events over four years in the NCFCA. In 2021, she qualified to Nationals in all her speech events, plus debate. Amanda graduated from high school in 2021, and is now a freshman at New Saint Andrews College, pursuing a B.A. in Liberal Arts. Full Bio

D.J. Mendenhall

Silver Coach | LD

D. J. is attending North Carolina State university and majoring in economics. During high school, D. J. helped lead her debate club, Speakout NC, gaining experience teaching new students how to debate and coaching more experienced debaters. D. J. has competed in the NCFCA for 7 years. She has competed in LD, TP, all 3 limited prep categories, original oratory, illustrated oratory, persuasive, informative, and Digital presentation. Full Bio 

Nathanael Arroyave

Silver Coach | LD, Parli

Nathanael Arroyave has been engaged in competitive public speaking for over 12 years. Nathanael was an annual qualifier for Nationals in Stoa in multiple events, including Parliamentary debate, Lincoln-Douglas debate, Duo Interpretation, Persuasive Speaking, and Expository Speaking. Nathanael was a National finalist in Persuasive (2017), and was ranked top ten nationally in Parliamentary and Lincoln-Douglas debate (2017). Full Bio

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Nathanael Morgan

Silver Coach | TP, Parli

Nathanael Morgan is devoted to helping his debaters succeed. Despite competing for only three years, in his final year of competition, Nathanael won 6 different tournaments across 4 debate formats. His best run was getting to the semifinal Parli round at NITOC 2021. He is currently a student at Saint Constantine College, where he is preparing to enter the cybersecurity field upon graduation. Full Bio

Jala Boyer

Silver Coach | Speech, TP

Jala Boyer has earned numerous 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place medals and competed at the NCFCA National Championship in five categories. As an intern on the Student Advisory Council of the NCFCA, Jala worked alongside the executive director, Kim Cromer, to learn the inner workings of competitive speech and debate, helping students creates long-term and meaningful success. Jala is currently an Honors student at Liberty University studying communications with an emphasis in politics. Full Bio 

Zachary Kos

Silver Coach | LD, Parli, Speech

Zachary Kos competed in Stoa speech and debate for four years. Some of his favorite events include Apologetics, Lincoln-Douglas Debate, and Parliamentary Debate. His senior year, Zak found success in limited-prep events with multiple wins in Apologetics and Mars Hill Impromptu, finishing top ten nationwide overall on Speechranks.  With a passion for investing in the next generation of competitors, Zak aspires to help each competitor’s unique and personal style shine. Full Bio

Justin Marwad

Silver Coach | TP, Moot Court

As a coach, Justin Marwad is dedicated to your success. During his time in NCFCA, Justin went above and beyond to improve his own debating. His senior year, Justin decided to spend 30-40 hours a week on practice rounds and research. His record for most rounds? 7 full-length TP rounds. Justin his currently working towards a dual degree in computer science and electrical engineering and two minors in robotics and math at the University of Massachusetts in Lowell. Full Bio


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