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Hays became the head debate coach for the Georgia Debate Union in the fall of 2012. Having debated at UGA from 2001 to 2005 and having coached at UGA from 2007 to 2009, he returned to Athens after pursuing a PhD in Rhetorical Studies at the University of Illinois.  He was a 4-time NDT qualifier, a two-time octofinalist at the NDT, and recipient of a top-5 first round bid to the NDT.  He has also coached numerous teams to the elimination rounds of major college debate tournaments, including the National Debate Tournament and ADA Nationals. He has also coached multiple teams to first-round at large bids to the National Debate Tournament.  He can be reached via email at