Victor Rivas Umana
VICTOR RIVAS UMANA has six years of competitive experience in Policy Debate, in high school as a competitor for James Logan HS, and in college at the University of Redlands. While competing in high school, he was a Kentucky Scholar at the Kentucky National
Debate Institute and attended the highly selective Dartmouth Debate Institute. His hard work and preparation translated into tons of success in his local state circuit and elimination rounds at annual tournaments held at Cal State Long Beach, University of the Pacific, Stanford, and UC Berkeley. Additionally, he was a three-time qualifier to the CA State Championship Tournament in Policy Debate, and finished his career as a Quarter-Finalist (Top 8) at the 2005 CA State Championships. After his debate career, Mr. Rivas Umana went on to work with special interest and labor groups, including the ACLU, Southern
Poverty Law Center, and the National Union of Healthcare Workers. Outside of his work with The Golden State Academy, he also serves as the Head Debate Coach at Mission San Jose HS in Fremont, CA and previously coached at the Brooks Academy. At Mission San Jose in 3 years, he has coached teams to 19 TOC bids collectively as well as the winners and runner ups of local and national tournaments like Stanford, Berkeley, Presentation, the University of the Pacific and the Silver and Black invitational in Alta, UT. He has qualified teams to the Tournament of Champions along with the State, Nationals and Catholic Nationals tournaments where his students have been runner-ups to the champions or have made it deep into elimination rounds. At the Tournament of Champions, his team was successful enough to win their first Overall School of Excellence award presented by the National Speech and Debate Association to the top school overall in all of the debate formats. At the Brooks Academy his efforts have translated into success as well. He along with the rest of the Public Forum staff coached several teams deep into elimination rounds including the runner-ups to the State champions in Public Forum. At the Middle School National Tournament he helped coach all six teams into elimination rounds with all teams advancing deep into elimination rounds including the eventual national champions. Countless of his students have also received top speaker awards at various tournaments including the top 2 speakers at the Middle School National tournament.
Competitive History and Background:
-James Logan High School (Union City, CA 2001-2005)
-University of Redlands (Redlands, CA 2005-2007)
-City College of San Francisco ( San Francisco, CA 2015-2016)
Coaching History & Honors:
-Head Coach @ Mission San Jose High School (Fremont, CA 2014-Present)
-Assistant Debate Coach @ Mission San Jose High School (Fremont, CA 2013-2014)
-Head Coach @ Mission San Jose High School
(Fremont, CA 2014-June 2017)
-Public Forum Coach @ James Logan High School
(Union City, CA 2016-2018)
-Public Forum Coach @ Saratoga High School
(Saratoga, CA 2017-2019)
-Public Forum Coach @ Milpitas High School
(Milpitas, CA 2017-Present)
-Head coach @ Joaquin Miller Middle School
(Cupertino, CA 2015-Present)
-helped coached the Varsity Public Forum champions at the University of the Pacific tournament in 2013
-Quarterfinalists in Varsity Public Forum at the Santa Clara Fall Invitational.
-helped multiple teams reach elimination rounds at the Harker Invitation for Middle School in December 2014 including the
-Octofinalist in Junionr Varsity Public Forum at the Stanford Invitational 2014 at Stanford University.
-Octofinalist in Junior Varsity Public Forum at the Cal Invitational 2014 at UC Berkeley.
-third alternate in Public Forum at the State Qualifier tournament held at Leland High School.
-two teams advanced to round five of seven at the National Qualifier held at Bellarmine College Prepatory in San Jose, CA.
-advanced multiple teams into elimination rounds in Varsity, Junior Varsity Public Forum and Parliamentary debate at the
Santa Clara University Spring Invitational.
-advanced six teams into elimination rounds in Public Forum at the first annual Middle School California State tournament including the runner ups. Multiple debaters were also top speakers.
-advanced all six teams into elimination rounds in Public Forum at the National Middle School tournament including the National champions and Third Place team.
Also coached the first, second and fourth place top speakers at the tournament.
-Winner of Presentations Public Forum invitational, Alta’s Silver and Black Invitational in the 2014-2015 school year
-Runner ups at the 2015 Stanford and Berkeley invitational
-Octofinalists at the 2015 State tournament, while having other teams advanced into elimination rounds at both tournaments
-Qualified multiple teams to the 2015 State tournament, Catholic Nationals and the Tournament of Champions this school year.
-Qualified the first team in Mission San Jose’s history to the National tournament hosted this June 2015 in Dallas, TX which placed in the top 30 in the Nation.
-Octofinalist and Quarterfinalist in Public Forum at the 2016 State Tournament
-Finalist in Public Forum at the Tournament of Champions 2016 hosted by the University of Kentucky
-School of Excellence Award at the Tournament of Champions 2016
-Quarterfinalist in Public Forum at the Grand National Tournament 2016 hosted by the National Catholic Forensics League
-Qualified two public forum teams at the National tournament 2016 hosted by the National Speech and Debate Association, where they reached elimination rounds 8 and 9.
-double octofinalist and octofinalist at the Middle School National tournament 2016 hosted by the National Speech and Debate Association
-Overall School of Excellence award at the Middle School National tournament 2016
-Semifinalists and Double Octofinalists at the Grant National Tournament in 2017. This was the second time in a row that Victor coached students into the tournament and automatically qualified them to the Tournament of Champions
-Octofinalists at the Tournament of Champions 2017
-Double octofinalists at the Grand National Tournament 2018
-Octofinalist at the High School Tournament of Champions 2018
-Semifinalist at the Middle School Tournament of Champions 2018
-runner ups at the Middle School National tournament 2018
-Octofinalists at the Silver Tournament of Champions 2019
-Octofinalists (2x) at the Middle School Tournament of Champions 2019
-runner ups at the Middle School Tournament of Champions 2019
-Third place at CHSSA Middle School State tournament @ Leland HS 2019
-Second place at CHSSA Middle School State tournament @ Leland 2019
-Co-champions at CMSF Middle School State tournament 2019
-Quarterfinalist at the Grand National Tournament 2019
-13th place at the NSDA National tournament
-State qualifier GGSA League for CHSSA State tournament 2020
One Diamond Coach at the High School Level of NSDA
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