Parker WhitfillUniversity of Chicago ’21, 2017 TOC Champion + 3rd Speaker, 2nd Place 2016 Voices Invitational, 3rd place 2016 Greenhill InvitationalI had a wonderful experience working with Paras onsite. He always provided me with what I needed, whether it was tough criticism, drills, strategies, confidence, etc. I was always 100% satisfied with Paras’s work whenever he came to tournaments. It was also very impressive to watch Paras work with other kids while we were at tournaments. He coordinated and streamlined work with every other student on Debatedrills, which really gave it a team feeling.I fervently believe that Paras is the best coach on the circuit, but I’m even more confident that Paras is the hardest working coach onsite. When Paras is on-site, he is 100% locked in. His mind is on debate 24 hours a day for every day of the tournament. He will stay up late preparing strategies, thinking about opponents and editing cases. He literally will sacrifice his physical and mental well-being to win.On-site, Paras continues his mantra of drills, drills, drills onsite. The main assistance he will give you is an absurd amount of time to drill. He and I drilled every speech that I preformed sub-optimally in round almost immediately after the round (sometimes even before the RFD). Paras also has amazing strategic vision so he helped me think about strategies before almost every round.I always felt more tuned-in and confident when Paras was there at a tournament with me. The first time I worked with him onsite was the first time I bid, and the last time was when I won the TOC - neither of those would have happened without Paras being there.
Matt Chen Strake Jesuit ’18, 1st place 2018 Lexington Invitational, 1st place Texas State Championships, 1st place Strake Jesuit + LHP Round Robins, Top 5 finishes at Valley, Glenbrooks, and Harvard, Top 5 speaker awards at most major invitationals senior yearEverytime I’ve hired Paras to coach me on-site at important tournaments, we’ve been all-business and got things ready efficiently. On-site, Paras didn’t mess around. He always was there ready to help his students – whether it was drilling a round or looking over a speech doc, he was always busy. That’s something most coaches won’t do – a lot of coaches try to catch up with friends at tournaments, but not Paras. His singular focus was helping you win and improve from every debate. Most of the on-site help Paras gave me was either re-doing redos of rounds I had just been in, putting together strategies before rounds, prepping out threats, or giving me pep-talks before big rounds. I am someone who gets nervous for no reason easily before rounds – so to have someone to talk to always calmed me down. I think my win rate was noticeably higher with Paras to help.