About the Coach
Whitworth Professor of Communication Studies Mike Ingram competed in speech and debate in high school and college and went on to earn a Ph.D. in rhetoric and public address at Ohio University. Ingram coached forensics at Carson-Newman University (Tenn.) and Ohio University before coming to Whitworth in 1988. His teams have placed in the top five at national tournaments for the International Public Debate Association (IPDA) and the National Christian College Forensics Association (NCCFA), and they have placed in the top 20 at the National Forensics Association and the National Parliamentary Debate Association.
Ingram has served in leadership roles in the Northwest Forensics Conference, the IPDA and the NCCFA; at Whitworth, he has chaired the communication studies department and has served a seven-year appointment as associate provost for faculty development and scholarship. He has been recognized as the coach of the year by the NFC, the NCCFA and the IPDA. Currently he is president of the Northwest Forensics Conference and the National Christian College Forensics Association.