The National Forensic League, the speech and debate honor society, has announced Steve Meadows as its newest diamond coach.
Meadows, a teacher and forensics coach at Danville High School, received a fourth diamond award after earning 10,450 points on Jan. 19. He is the third Kentucky coach to receive this award in the history of the organization.
A diamond award recognizes a professional career that combines excellence and longevity. The league provides diamond awards based on coach points received. Coaches receive one-tenth the points earned by their students and one-tenth of the points earned as a student member of the league.
After a minimum of five years as a league member, a coach who attains 1,500 points is awarded a first diamond; he or she receives a second diamond for 3,000 points, a third for 6,000 points, and so on. Five years must pass between each diamond award.
Meadows will receive special recognition June 20 at the Lincoln Financial Group/National Forensic League National Speech & Debate Tournament in Birmingham, Ala. Each year, the tournament draws more than 5,000 students coaches, and parents from across the nation.
Meadows has served as the head coach at DHS for 19 years and was the coach at Beechwood High School for three years prior. He is currently serving his 16th term as Kentucky District Chair of the National Forensic League and is an event chair in tabulations at the National Forensic League’s National Tournament.
He has coached 17 national finalists at the two national tournaments including two champions, and his team has won the Kentucky state tournament in speech five times. In 2008 and 2012, Danville High School won all four of the Kentucky state contests, the only team to ever do so.