Policy Lab Leader/Camp Director
Head Debate Coach - University of Georgia
Hays became the head coach at the University of Georgia in the summer of 2012. Under his leadership, UGA teams have cleared to the elimination rounds of Georgia State, Kentucky, Wake Forest, USC, Fullerton, Miami, Navy, Northwestern, Texas, ADA Nationals, and the National Debate Tournament. As a debater at the University of Georgia, Hays was a 4-time qualifier for the NDT, a two-time octofinalist at the NDT, and a top-5 first round bid recipient to the NDT. As an assistant coach at Pace Academy and the Westminster schools, Hays also helped coach teams to victory at numerous national high school tournaments, including multiple Tournament of Champion winners (2009 - 11) and the winner of the 2013 NDCA tournament. Having taught at summer debate institutes since 2004, Hays has recently led labs at the Emory National Debate Institute, the Michigan Debate Institutes, the Spartan Debate Institutes, and most recently, the Georgia Debate Institute.