PARAS KUMAR

Managing Partner | Founder

Paras founded DebateDrills to give students the type of academic debate coaching he wished he had access too in high school. Paras holds a B.S. from the University of California, Berkeley, where he was also a PhD Student in Math and Science Education. In December 2018, Paras stepped away from the PhD program at UC Berkeley to build DebateDrills full-time. 

In less than 10 years, Paras has established himself as one of the most sought after and successful coaches in the history of competitive debate. Since graduating high school in 2011, he has extensively taught argumentation and logic in a 1:1 setting online to over 300 students of all ages and backgrounds, both in the US and abroad. By the age of 25, he became the only coach in the history of Lincoln-Douglas (LD) debate to have students reach the final debate of the annual National Championships, the Tournament of Champions (TOC), in three consecutive years (2017-2019). Most notably, 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.

As a competitor, Paras was largely self-taught and didn't have a formal coach. He was widely considered one of the top 20 debaters in the United States his senior year of high school. He received 5 bids to the TOC, championed a semi-finals bid tournament, received 1st speaker and finished 2nd at the Stanford Invitational, and finished 9th at the 2011 Tournament of Champions (TOC). 

 

"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."
Paras Kumar

Managing Partner | Founder

Nicolette Roger

HR Director | Partner

Elyssa Alfieri

General Manager | DebateDrills Club Team

Noah Barnette

Technology Director | Partner

Prince Hyeamang

Business Ops & Finance Director | Partner

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Raffi Piliero

Head Content Coach | DebateDrills Club Team

Lucas Clarke

Operations Director | DebateDrills Club Team

Whit Jackson

Associate Content Coach | DebateDrills Club Team

Connor Engel

Assistant Content Coach | DebateDrills Club Team

Lindsey Dahms-Nolan

Assistant Content Coach | DebateDrills Club Team

Emma Blum

Assistant Coach | DebateDrills Club Team

Daniel Luo

Assistant Content Coach | DebateDrills Club Team

David Asafu-Adjaye

Assistant Content Coach | DebateDrills Club Team

Rishabh Shah

Assistant Content Coach | DebateDrills Club Team

Matt Chen

Curriculum Director | Summer Intensives

Carolyn Zou

Resource Coordinator | Associate Tutor