PARAS KUMAR

Managing Partner | Founder

Paras holds a B.S. from the University of California, Berkeley, where he was also a PhD Student in Math and Science Education. In December 2018, Paras stepped away from the PhD program at UC Berkeley to build DebateDrills full-time. 

In less than 10 years, Paras has established himself as one of the most sought after and successful coaches in the history of academic debate. He has extensively taught argumentation and logic in a 1:1 setting to over 300 students of all ages and backgrounds, both in the US and abroad. By the age of 25, he became the only coach in the history of Lincoln-Douglas Debate to coach three different students to the final round of the annual National Championships (the Tournament of Champions) in three consecutive years: 2017-2019.  Most notably, he coached the first ever TOC Champion from Arizona in 2017, the most successful 10th grade debater in the history of LD debate to a 2nd place finish at the 2018 TOC, and the first ever TOC Champion from Mississippi in 2019.

As a competitor, Paras was largely self-taught and didn't have a formal coach. He was widely considered one of the top 20 debaters in the United States his senior year of high school. He received 5 bids to the TOC, championed a semi-finals bid tournament, received 1st speaker and finished 2nd at the Stanford Invitational, and finished 9th at the 2011 Tournament of Champions (TOC). 

"I think Paras understands debate at a deeper level than anyone else on the debate circuit. He is a subject matter expert at theory, util, and debate strategy. Paras made sure to push me on the other aspects of debate that I often forgot. He made sure I was persuasive, coherent, strategic and word efficient."
Parker Whitfill | Top 5 Ranked National Debater | 2017 TOC, 1st Place
"Working with Paras improved my technical debating far beyond anything I had done before. His meticulous insistence on repeating speeches till perfection is particularly commendable."
Ishan Bhatt | #1 Ranked National Debater | 2019 TOC, 1st Place
"I worked with Paras extensively the summer before my senior year and leading up to the TOC, and based on that time I honestly believe Paras is the most unique and exceptional coach in the entire business. I attribute a large part of my own personal development in debate to Paras."
Regan Grishaber | Top 5 Ranked National Debater | 2012 TOC, 3rd Place
"My time working with Paras was when I made the fastest and most rewarding improvement as a debater. His commitment as a coach and exceptional attention to detail will help you fix the mistakes and improve problems that never even occurred to you."
Dan Allesandro | 2017 Harvard Invitational, 3rd Place