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High School Coach of the Year Nomination Form 2022

The National Speech & Debate Association’s James M. Copeland Coach of the Year award annually honors high school coaches who exhibit outstanding leadership and commitment to speech and debate activities. Click here for additional selection criteria. Each district sets its own deadlines for the district-level award process. Please connect with your district's chair to confirm your district's deadline. District chairs must report their district's winner on or before April 16.


  • Nominee Information

    Please use the nominee's preferred name as it would appear on the custom award. (Middle names are not used, unless the nominee generally uses both names.)

  • District Information

    Upon completion, your nomination form will be emailed to your district chair for consideration.

  • Click here to view our District Leadership Directory.

  • Click here to view our District Leadership Directory.

  • Nominator Information

    One individual must be the official nominator. A group may provide a letter in support of the nominee. Coaches may not nominate themselves.

  • Letter of Recommendation

    Please upload one letter (1,500 words or less) in support of your nominee. PDFs are preferred, but Word documents (.doc or .docx) are also accepted.

  • (1,500 words or less)
    Accepted file types: pdf, doc, docx.