Meet the Staff

Casey HarriganCasey Harrigan

Director of Debate - Casey joined the Honors College in 2011. He received his MA in Communication from Wake Forest University in 2008 and BA in International Relations from Michigan State University in 2006, where he also won the National Debate Tournament as a member of MSU’s Debate Team. Before returning to MSU, Casey was the Associate Director of Debate at the University of Georgia and is originally from Holland, Michigan. He can be reached by email at




Will RepkoWill Repko

Head Debate Coach - Will has been the debate coach at MSU since 1996. He joined Michigan State University's staff after coaching at East Lansing High School where his teams won several Michigan State Championships and the 1995 NCFL National Championship. Will's success has continued in his college coaching career where he has catapaulted Michigan State to an era of national prominence and excellence, including national championships in 2004, 2006, and 2010. Will was named the 2000 College Coach of the Year. Will also founded the Spartan Debate Institute and the Hoya Spartan Scholars program.


Dave StraussDave Strauss

Assistant Debate Coach - Dave has been a coach at MSU since 2005. He was part of one of the most successful two-person debate teams in history. As a sophomore, Dave and his partner became the youngest of only four teams to ever reach the "final four" of both CEDA and NDT in the same year. As a senior, he was part of the only team in the 58 year history of the National Debate Tournament to advance to the elimination rounds of the NDT four times as an intact pair. He won four tournaments in 2004, including the National Debate Tournament. Dave coached the 2006 and 2010 winners of the NDT.



Carly WatsonCarly Watson

Program/Events Coordiantor - Carly joined the Honors College in 2011. As a student at MSU, she won the 2010 National Debate Tournament. She has previously worked as an assistant debate coach at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington where she coached a top ten team to the octofinals of the NDT. Since arriving at MSU, Carly has organzied several public debates (both on and off campus) as well as debate tournaments. She can be reached by email at