SUU In View (Alumni Magazine - Spring 2004)
100 Years of Championship Forensics at SUU
Dr. Terry West, forensics coach at SUU, has been named District Nine Coach of the year for the year 2002-03. Dr. West has been coaching the SUU speech and debate teams since 1995 and has led the team to over 20 national championships, including 15 national champions during the past five years: 11 Cross Examination Debate Association All-Americans and Academic All-Americans as well as five in Individual Events. He has also qualified over 30 event slots for the AFA-National Individual Events Tournament in the last four years. Last year alone the team qualified more than 10 events for the tournament. The 2002-03 team won over 75 trophies and has already qualified 6 events for the national competition for 2003-04.
Of special note is the 100th anniversary of SUU forensics. A photo of the 1903 forensics team was recently located in the special collections section of the Sherratt Library.
Additionally an Alumni section of the trophy case in the Centrum features the history of the program, the SUU chapter of the Delta Sigma Rho-Tau Kappa Alpha forensics honor society. Featuring significant moments from the past the forensics honor society is inviting former members to contribute additional photos and other information for the display.
Dr. West is the 3rd longest tenured coach in District Nine which includes Arizona, Utah, Colorado, Wyoming, parts of Montana and Idaho, New Mexico and El Paso, Texas.