Meet the Coach
About Christopher Medina, Director of Forensics, Wiley Collge
Christopher Medina came to Wiley with almost twenty-five years of experience in the world of forensics, with ten years as a Director of Forensics on both the high school and collegiate levels. Mr. Medina began his forensics career as a high school competitor in California. He began coaching at age eighteen, directly out of high school, and was almost immediately named Assistant Director of Forensics. It was in this position, at age nineteen, that Medina coached his first of several national champions.
Several years later, and after being named Director of Forensics for three high school programs, for over ten years, Medina was named Director of Forensics at the University of La Verne in California. During his tenure, La Verne advanced students to the finals of the World University Debate Championships in Sydney, Australia. It was here that La Verne had its first world debate finalists and won its first World Championship in supplementary events. Medina brings a
passion for forensics that is unparalleled.
Director of Forensics
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Sarah Spiker Rainey--Assistant Director of Forensics
As a first generation college student, Sarah Spiker Rainey earned her B.A. in Political Science and M.P.A. from Western Kentucky University, both with a 4.0 GPA. After finishing 4th in Public Forum Debate at the NFL High School National Tournament, Sarah was recruited to Western Kentucky University's forensics team on scholarship to pursue additional instruction in argumentation and debate. In her senior year, she was named the 2011 Kentucky State Parliamentary Debate Champion (with her husband, Todd Rainey), 2011 Kentucky State Parliamentary Top Debate Speaker, the 2011 NFA National Lincoln Douglas Debate Champion, and the 2011 NFA National Lincoln Douglas Debate Top Speaker. In addition to her personal forensics career, Sarah has provided public forum debate assistance to her former high school team, case development/lecturing for Mars Hill Bible School, and extemporaneous speaking coaching for Southern Kentucky (SKY) Academy.
Todd Rainey--Volunteer Limited Prep Coach
Todd Rainey earned his B.S. in Business Economics from Western Kentucky University. Originally born and raised in Indianapolis, IN, Todd has lived and competed in many states, including Snohomish, WA and Bowling Green, KY. As a three-year high school competitor and a four-year collegiate competitor, Todd has had an impressive history in forensic speech and debate. Being one of the founding members of his high school team, Todd was instrumental in the leadership and growth of the debate club at Snohomish High School. He finished 4th in Public Forum Debate nationally his senior year. Shortly after, he was offered a full scholarship to attend Western Kentucky University and compete on the national collegiate circuit. Todd soon found his niche in Limited Preparation events, placing in final rounds consistently throughout the competitive year. In 2010, Todd took straight first place ballots in the final round of Impromptu Speaking and was named the 2010 NFA National Impromptu Champion. The following year, Todd was named the 2011 Kentucky State Parliamentary Debate Champion with his wife, Sarah Spiker Rainey. As a coach, Todd has assisted with case development for his former high school team and public forum debate for Mars Hill Bible School in Florence, AL, coaching Mars Hill to the Top 30 nationally.