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UMW debate coach named national coach of the year

The University of Mary Washington’s head debate coach recently won the Ross K. Smith National Coach of the Year Award from the National Debate Tournament.

Adrienne Brovero received the award Friday at the Wake Forest University intercollegiate debate tournament. It is reserved for exceptional teachers who advance the forensic art, according to a UMW press release.

“This award recognizes that Coach Brovero is one of the most distinguished intercollegiate debate coaches in the United States today,” Timothy O’Donnell, director of debate at UMW, said in a statement. “There is no higher honor in the debate coaching profession and this recognition by her peers affirms what we at UMW have long known—Adrienne Brovero is one of the best debate coaches in the country.”     

Members of UMW’s debate team have been among the top 16 teams in the nation for much of the past five years.  That includes a third-place finish at the 2010 National Debate Tournament.

 Brovero started as debate coach at Mary Washington in 2006, after holding coaching positions at Wake Forest University, the University of Michigan, Northwestern University and the University of Richmond.