Mike Bietz has been the head debate coach at Harvard-Westlake since 2007. Previous to coaching at HW, he was the founder & Head Lincoln-Douglas debate coach at Edina High School (1999-2005) in Minnesota. While in college he was also an assistant debate coach at The Blake School and Hopkins High School. He also spent a year as the head policy debate coach at Apple Valley HS in MN.
During his time at Edina and HW, his teams have been successful to an unprecedented degree. Mr. Bietz also has the distinction of being the only Lincoln-Douglas coach in history to have students win both the Tournament of Champions and NFL Nationals in the same season. He is one of only 3 coaches to ever coach two NFL National Champions and one of only 2 to do it at two different schools. In addition, he has coached 2 NFL Semifinalists, 2 TOC Semifinalists and 2 NDCA Semifinalists.
Beyond success at post-season National Championships, his debaters have closed-out (taking both first and second place) or won most major national invitationals including: The Greenhill Fall Classic (close-out and win), The Greenhill Round Robin (close-out), The Voices Round Robin (close-out), The Glenbrooks (close-out twice), The Mid-America Cup (3 wins, a close-out), The Holiday Classic at the Blake School (2 wins, 2 close-outs) and The Silver & Black Invitational at Alta HS. He has also coached finalists in the MBA Round Robin, The New York Invitational at Bronx Science, and twice at Harvard University.
While coaching in Minnesota, he coached back-to-back State Championships in Lincoln-Douglas, 2 finalists, a semifinalists and a policy State Championship.
Aside from coaching success, Mr. Bietz is a trusted and longtime leader in the community. He has been a director of a summer debate institute at UCLA for 12 years. During this time over 5000 students have attended the institute. 10 NFL National Champions and 10 TOC Champions are alums of this program. He is a former President of the National Debate Coaches Association, a long-time member of the Tournament of Champions Advisory Committee, a winner of the Blake School Tournament Coach of the Year, The Bronx HS of Science Coaching Award and the Minnesota State High School League Debate Coach of the Year.