Adam Torson named National Speech & Debate "Diamond Coach"

As an educator, Torson believes in the value of debate as a tool that teaches students thoughtfulness.

Adam Torson, Marlborough School’s Speech and Debate Coach, was recently named the National Speech & Debate Association’s newest diamond coach and has also been appointed to the Coaches’ Advisory Board for the Tournament of Champions. A diamond award recognizes a professional career that combines excellence and longevity. The Association provides diamond awards based on coach point received. After a minimum of five years as a National Speech & Debate Association member, a coach who attains 1,500 points is awarded a first diamond. Torson received the award after earning 1,503 points on April 16th, 2015.

Torson’s recognition as a diamond coach is one more accolade among many that he has received during his career in Speech & Debate. He first started competing as an 8th grader in Lincoln-Douglas debate and from there he went on to compete for Fargo South High School. While at Fargo South High School, he won the 2003 individual state championship and led his team to two consecutive team state championships in 2002 and 2003. Torson began his speech and debate coaching career at Hopkins High School where he coached for seven years, the entirety of his time in college and law school. After graduating from Hamline University School of Law in St. Paul, he moved to Los Angeles where he worked as an assistant coach at Harvard-Westlake. For the last four years Torson has led Marlborough’s speech and debate program, coaching his students to a series of impressive team and individual wins, including seeing one of his students qualify to the Tournament of Champions.

As an educator, Torson believes in the value of debate as a tool that teaches students thoughtfulness. "Debate forces them to honestly examine their most deeply held beliefs, scan the world for the deceptions of ideology and sophistry, and reject the false security of consensus. It forces them to see complexity, nuance, and shades of grey. It inculcates a sense of intellectual integrity.”

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