Paras Kumar

Paras is the principal architect of DebateDrills and oversees its day-in day-out workflows. He received a B.S. from the University of California, Berkeley, where he was also a PhD student until December 2018.

Paras is one of the most successful debate coaches in the 21st century. Having personally delivered 5,000+ hours of 1-on-1 online debate tutoring since 2011, Paras has played a close role in coaching 2 TOC champions (2017, 2019), the youngest TOC Finalist in history (10th grade, 2018), 1 TOC semifinalist (2012), 2 TOC quarterfinalists (2015, 2018), 4 TOC octofinalists (2012, 2018 x2, 2019), 2 TOC Top Speakers (2012, 2019), 2 Glenbrooks Champions (2018, 2019) and the California (2017) + Texas (2018) State Champion. Paras is the only coach in competitive debate history to coach three consecutive LD debaters (2017-2019) to the Championship Debate at the annual National Championships: the Tournament of Champions (TOC).

As a competitor, Paras was a self-taught independent debater without formal debate coaching. He was a top-15 ranked LD debater in the United States during the 2010-2011 debate season. He received 5 qualifying bids to the TOC, was the top speaker and 2nd place contestant at the 2011 Stanford Invitational, and finished 9th at the 2011 Tournament of Champions (TOC).