Fred Robertson is the NDCA Educator of the Year

Above: Educator of the Year Robertson celebrates his victory with either some kind of gang sign or a misguided attempt at the Vulcan salute.

Fred Robertson, head coach of Millard West High School in Omaha, Nebraska, is this year’s National Debate Coaches’ Association Educator of the Year. The decision was announced on Sunday at the NDCA national tournament.

Robertson, who is also the former director of forensics at Fremont High School in Nebraska, plans to retire from debate coaching at the end of this year.

He received more nominations for the award than any previous coach.

Other coaches nominated for the honor include Eric Fogel of Bronx Law, Jennifer Heidt of Westminster, and Dana Randall of Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart.

  • As someone who was educated by and has educated with Fred, I can earnestly say that I can’t imagine someone more deserving of this award. During my junior and senior years of high school, I was the only active member of my school’s debate program, and if it weren’t for Fred’s personal encouragement and his contributions toward making the local Nebraska debate circuit a unified and supportive community, I doubt I’d have continued debating. I know countless others who have expressed similar sentiments, crediting their forensic education either partially or entirely to Fred’s nurturing spirit. Cheers to the coolest, most intelligent hippie I’ve had the pleasure of knowing!