GMIF 2018 DIRECTORS
Andrew EILOLA- Co-Director is thrilled to be the Directer of Oratory again this year! 2017 marks the 13th year he’s been involved with forensics and his 7th coaching at GMIF. He received a forensics scholarship in 2008 to attend Concordia College in Minnesota where he was a 2011 national finalist in persuasive speaking and attained national-level success in a variety of other events. He was welcomed into the Mason family later that year and hasn’t looked back since. He got his master’s degree in communication from GMU in 2014 and will complete the health communication PhD program this fall. While at Mason, he’s coached a national champion and numerous finalists in persuasion. Most recently, Andrew was hired as the Assistant Director of Forensics for the GMU team. He has also been on the coaching staff at Moorhead High School since 2012, where he has worked with state and NSDA finalists. Andrew attended speech camp when he was in high school and credits it as one of the reasons he continues to coach and teach years later. He hopes to provide a similar welcoming and educational experience to all his students!
Ian Hopkins- Co-Director the current Director of Speech at Kent Denver High School in Denver, Colorado. 2018 marks Ian's 16th year in speech and debate and 12th year as coach. In 2014, Ian was recognized as the American Forensics Association Outstanding New Coach of the Year. This is Ian's sixth year returning to GMU and his third in a director role. Ian has had the honor of coaching high school and college students to over 27 national break rounds in all three genres, including multiple champions and finalists in Extemporaneous Speaking, Impromptu Speaking, Informative Speaking, and Communication Analysis. In the past six years, Ian has helped coach three different programs into top teams recognized on the college level. At Kent Denver, Ian has coached several of his students to final rounds at national circuit tournaments and multiple finalists at the state tournament. Ian is excited to return to GMIF to work with so many talented students this summer!