Coaches

Price Morgan | Head Coach & CEO

Price Morgan is the CEO and Head Coach of Ready Set Debate, a debate education organization he co-founded in 2015. Price’s formal speech and debate experience began in 2008 as one of the charter members of the youth public speaking program Speakers League, which he graduated from in 2012. Price went on to coach numerous youth speech and debate clubs and co-organize a series of regional speech and debate tournaments in the Los Angeles area, prior to graduating from Los Angeles Harbor College and matriculating on the Southern Methodist University debate team. During his undergraduate debate career on the International Public Debate Association circuit, he received championship titles at 30% of the tournaments he attended, including the 2018-2019 national championship in Junior Varsity IPDA. After graduating with Phi Beta Kappa honors and dual degrees in economics and public policy, he served as Assistant Coach of the SMU debate team during the 2021-2022 season. During his coaching tenure, the team raised its national IPDA ranking from #10 to #4, and won seven debate championship titles, including the program’s first-ever world championship, among dozens of awards. Since 2022, Price has worked full time on coaching debate clubs and camps hosted by Ready Set Debate and program affiliates, organizing Ready Set Debate tournaments, and developing the Ready Set Debate curriculum. His current in-person and online students span the United States and win many external awards and qualifications each season, including multiple invitations to compete in the American Speech & Debate Association national championship in 2023-2024. Price also chairs a series of Junior Speakers League and Speakers League clubs through the STEAM Learning Club education center in McKinney, Texas; one of his students won the national championship title in Original Oratory speech at the 2023-2024 American Speech & Debate Association national junior speech tournament. Price has previously worked as a film editor, private tutor, graphic designer, birthday party performer, public health research assistant, and actor. His acting credits include a major supporting role in the 2015 Warner Bros film The Gallows, along with roles in over fifty other film and stage productions. In his spare time, Price enjoys playing his ukulele, developing vegan recipes, restoring vintage model trains, studying mid-century tract architecture, tinkering with his 1996 Toyota, playing bossa nova records on an old stereo console he found in the trash, and wrestling with ethical dilemmas.

Hannah Morris | Assistant Coach

Hannah Morris (BA Communication, MA Communication) is an award-winning head coach/co-founder of the University of Arkansas Speech and Debate Society, a top-10 ranked program in the country and the top-ranked college/university in the state of Arkansas. She is formerly the head coach/co-founder of the NorthWest Arkansas Community College Speech and Debate Club. 

Hannah began her experience in speech and debate in 2014 as a member, later co-captain, of the Bossier Parish Community College Debate Team. She went on to become a founding member, and secretary, of the Northwestern State University Debate Team. After graduating with her bachelor’s degree, Hannah returned to BPCC to continue her debate career. Among numerous other awards and accolades as a debater, she was the 2018-2019 National Professional Speaking Champion, and ranked in the top five nationally for debate in the same year. Since becoming the debate coach at the University of Arkansas three years ago, the team has earned a total of 237 awards and has seen the growth of the organization to a team of 32 active members, with more growth expected in the 2024-2025 season. 

Most recently, Hannah was voted the Southern Forensics Championship Coach of the Year for 2022-2023, an honor voted upon by students across the country. She has also been nominated five times consecutively for the Bennett Strange Coach of the Year award on the International Public Debate Association’s circuit. 

Hannah enjoys various endeavors, including but not limited to seeing stage productions at the Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville, AR, reading multiple books in a week, and assuring people that yes, her birthday really is on April 1st. Hannah has zero free time but, on the off chance it happens, she likes to play Stardew Valley, talk to Price about ethical dilemmas, and visit her family dogs Oscar and Tatum. 

Scarlet Villarreal | Assistant Coach

Scarlet Villarreal is a Grand Canyon University graduate. She has her B.A. in Government with a minor in Philosophy, and has over 9 years of debate experience. Scarlet was part of Debate League (now Ready Set Debate) in high school. Her first year, she won 1st place at the 2016 SLAM tournament, and 2nd Place at the 2017 SLAM tournament. Upon entering GCU, she joined their speech and debate team. She was named in the top 2 of the 2021 National Parliamentary Debate (NPDA) Championship. In 2022 and each year thereafter, she consistently won the Bronze Award at the Janese Davidson Tournament hosted by Concordia University Irvine. In 2023, she received a bronze award in the International Public Debate Association (IPDA) at the Western States Communication Association Tournament hosted by Arizona State University. She took 5th place in NPDA at the Christian College Forensics hosted by Northwest Nazarene University. At the same tournament, she took 6th place in Persuade. Between July 2019 and July 2021, Scarlet ran a speech and debate club for homeschoolers (Speakers League of Arizona). She was so grateful for the confidence that speech and debate gave her in high school that she wanted to help other children to overcome their fear of public speaking in an encouraging environment. Scarlet dedicated most of her college career to debate because of the strong communication skills that it has given her to become a more confident speaker and leader in various areas of her college experience and career.