Paras Kumar holds a B.S. from the University of California, Berkeley. As a high school Lincoln-Douglas (LD) debater, Paras was largely self-taught and didn't have a formal coach. He received 5 bids his senior year, won a semis bid, was top speaker and finalist at a quarters bid, and finished 9th at the 2011 Tournament of Champions (TOC). He founded DebateDrills to give students the type of coaching he wished he had received in high school.
Paras is one of the most sought after and successful debate coaches in the United States. Since 2011, he has extensively taught argumentation and logic in a 1:1 setting to over 250 students of all ages and backgrounds, both in the US and abroad. He is the only coach in the history of LD debate to have students reach finals of the TOC in three consecutive years (2017-2019). He coached the first ever TOC Champion from Arizona in 2017, the most successful 10th grade debater in the history of LD debate to a 2nd place finish at the 2018 TOC, and the first ever TOC Champion from Mississippi in 2019.
"I think Paras understands debate at a deeper level than anyone else on the debate circuit. He is a subject matter expert at theory, util, and debate strategy...Paras also made sure to push me on the other aspects of debate that I often forgot. He made sure I was persuasive, coherent, strategic and word efficient."