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Head Coach of Speech and Debate for Boston Latin School

Founded in 1635, Boston Latin School is America’s oldest existing public school.  Speech and debate has played an important role in furthering Boston Latin School’s educational mission for many years.  We’re looking for someone to lead a growing squad of eager students and assistant coaches to educational and competitive success.

Team Details

Boston Latin is a grade 7-12 school thus many of our students begin in seventh grade. Currently the BLS Team has about forty active students who compete in Public Forum, Lincoln Douglas, Congress, and Speech. We have had four assistant coaches to work with students throughout the season. This most recent season we have qualified students to TOC, NCFL and NSDA; and the majority of our students will be returning next year.


The Head Coach of Speech and Debate provides leadership, operational oversight, and supervision for the interscholastic competitive speech and debate program while supporting the mission of Boston Latin School.

The Head Coach of Speech and Debate is responsible for the following.

Organizing the team:  The Head Coach runs team meetings, addresses student needs, plans tournament travel, supervises other coaches, and ensures that both current and future debating practices are aligned with the missions of Boston Latin School.  The Head Coach serves as the primary point of contact for speech and debate competitions in which students from Boston Latin School compete.
Recruitment: The Head Coach works with existing team members to recruit new participants, with the goal of expanding equity and access among a diverse student body with varying levels of debate experience. The Head Coach recruits and maintains a network of parent volunteers to assist with tournament judging and travel.
Financial management:  The Head Coach works with Boston Latin School staff to establish team budget priorities and ensure that team funds are spent in support thereof.
Curriculum development:  The Head Coach oversees the implementation of a sound and enriching speech and debate educational curriculum for the benefit of student participants.
Coaching:  The Head Coach travels to tournaments, provides coaching, and assists students in tournament preparation.  The Head Coach champions interscholastic speech and debate both on and off campus.


The Head Coach of Speech and Debate should meet these qualifications at a minimum.

Academic:  Bachelor’s degree in speech, communications, psychology or related field.
Experience:  Three years of experience in coaching interscholastic speech and debate.
Skills:  Budget management skills.  Strong oral and written communication skills.  Evidence of organizational, planning, teamwork, and administrative skills.  Evidence of ability to provide leadership and problem-solving skills in analyzing needs of various communities in a public high school setting.

Candidates meeting these qualifications may receive preference.

Academic:  Advanced degree (Master’s or Doctorate) in a relevant area of study.
Experience:  Five or more years of related professional experience.

Compensation and Hours:  This is a part-time stipended position, with a salary range of $7,000 – $10,000.

If you are interested, please contact:

Melissa Swauncy

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