Kimberly D. Borland,
Esq. Kim is a graduate of Harvard Law School and Dickinson College. He, along
with his wife Ruth, are the head coaches of the team. Kim helps to coach the Extemp, LD, and Policy Debate
Ruth Slamon Borland, Esq. Ruth is a graduate of Boston University Law School and Dickinson College.
She and Kim helped to found to team in 1997 in support of their daughter Sarah
and son Joseph She coaches the Extemp, O.O., Declamation and Public Forum Students.
Sarah L. Borland, Esq. Sarah is a graduate of the Cardozo School of Law and Dickinson College.
She helped to found the team while a student at E.L. Meyers High School and was
among the first students to qualify for Nationals. During her college career she
re-established the Dickinson College Speech and Debate team and hosted a high
school tournament. Sarah currently resides in New York City, but when in town or
at tournaments specializes in coaching all events
Joseph C. Borland, Esq. Joe is graduate of Lafayette College and a graduate of
Suffolk School of Law in Boston. He is the first state finalist and two time
state finalist in the team's history. Joe continued his Speech career at
Lafayette, winning a national championships at the Freshman National
Tournament and also earning a semi final appearance at the NFA nationals his
Senior Years in Extemporaneous Speaking. Joe is the team's head Extemp coach.
Alison McManus Alison is a 2007 graduate of Meyers High School and a 2011 graduate of King's College. While on the team Alison specialized in Policy Debate
and qualified to both Nationals and States on multiple occasions. She is the
team's head Policy Debate Coach.
Alexander Mertz Alex is a 2007 graduate of Saint Joseph's University and is currently
employed at Borland and Borland LLP. Alex was the team's first State Champion
and a multiple National Qualifier. While at St. Joe's, he continued his career
on the school's speech and debate team, culminating with a 3rd place finish at
the National tournament his senior year of college. He helps to coach the Extemp, Student Congress, and LD students.
Maria Mertz Maria is a graduate of the Penn State School of Business and Wilkes
University. She began coaching when the team was founded in 1997 and is also
entering her 12th season. While she has coached all the speech and interp
events, she is now the team's head coach in Student Congress.
Dr. Philip Mertz, PhD. Phil is a graduate of the Walden University School of Business and Wilkes
University. Along with Maria he began coaching in 1997 and has also coached a
variety events throughout his tenure. He now is the team's head coach in Lincoln
John Monahan John,
otherwise known as Sherm, is a graduate of Susquehanna University. A Meyers
alumnus, he is a former national qualifier in policy debate. He currently serves
as coach of original oratory.
Tina and Little Guy Rothery Tina is the team's second newest coach, and her son Guy is our newest
addition. Tina has been involved in the coaching process for 3 years, while
Little Guy has been around for nearly 2. Together they love coaching and guiding
the newest members of the team to great success in OI DI HI and Duo!
Darlene Smith Darlene has been with the team since 2001 and is the resident Drama
expert. Despite having coached virtually all the speech events, she has found
her niche at working with the upperclassmen in OI, DI, HI, and Duo.
Dave Wilson Dave has been actively coaching the team for the last 12 seasons. As a
result of that experience he has coached or judged every event offered. He
specializes in coaching Declamation and also offers his expertise in O.O. In
addition to his coaching role, Mr. Wilson is the vehicle and logistics
coordinator for the team.
Ron has been coaching the team since his graduation from Meyers in 2008. During
his tenure on the team Ron became the first ever National Semi-Finalist at the
NCFL Grand Nationals in 2008. Ron specializes in coaching Public Forum Debate
and Student Congress. He is currently a junior at the University of Scranton.