Speech & Debate Team

Saddleback Speech and Debate Team - Spring 2021 National Champions!

The Saddleback Speech Team attends many tournaments throughout California and across the nation competing in both individual events and debate. Our team is nationally recognized for our students' competitive success, as well as our commitment to maintaining a team that views competition as an engagement that demands dedication, respect, and ethical behavior.

After having competed for our team, we hope our students have learned to better develop innovative arguments for future writing and speaking engagements, to strengthen their critical thinking skills, and to better communicate with others. We value the work of our competitors, as they are continually teaching the team new ways of looking at the world by bringing their own diverse experiences and unique opinions to our team. At Saddleback College, the coaches and faculty members feel extremely privileged and honored to be able to continue to provide a space for our competitors to learn how to become better speakers, writers, and students!

COVID-19 Update

The Saddleback Speech Team will have a 2020 - 2021 Competitive Season! Look for coaching and tournaments information here in the coming weeks. 

Current Team Awards

Join the Speech Team

Join our team by enrolling in SP 106 Forensics Activity.  See the following documents for information about the class.


For more information on the Saddleback Speech Team, contact Shawn O'Rourke at
(949) 582-4265 or Lucas Ochoa at 949-582-4778.


Coach Contacts:


Shawn O'Rourke
Speech Instructor/Co-Director
(949) 582-4265

Lucas Ochoa
Speech Instructor/Co-Director
(949) 582-4778

Heidi Ochoa
Speech Instructor/Forensics Coach
(949) 582-4404