Bradley University Speech Team

On behalf of the current team, coaching staff, and alumni, I would like to welcome you to the home of the Bradley University Speech Team.  With over 40 team national championships and over 150 individual national championships, the Bradley Speech Team is not only the most successful collegiate forensics program in the country, but the most successful collegiate team in any capacity, including sports, according to the Associated Press.  Bradley is the only team to have won a national championship in every decade since 1980.  I was thrilled to have been a part of this amazing legacy as a student and honored to be the first alumnus to serve as Director of Forensics.  It is with this unique perspective that I would like to bring some of the distinctive elements of our program to your attention as you explore our website.

Initially, our alumni are the most generous and supportive alumni in the nation.  The Bradley Forensics Alumni Network (BFAN) is made up of successful professionals in almost every area of study the university has to offer.  These former forensics champions and current champions of life continuously offer their ideas, volunteer coaching, and mentor our students to graduate assistantships, internships, and career opportunities after they graduate.  You will find many of these alums at our hosted events.

In addition to hosting the two largest collegiate tournaments in the nation, if you are a prospective student please check out details regarding our George Armstrong Heart of Illinois High School Tournament featuring our Jay Janssen Oratorical Contest providing $40,000 worth of scholarship funds to future Bradley Speech Team members.

Prospective students please make sure to fill out a scholarship application if you are in your senior year or check out our Summer Forensics Institute if you are still competing at the high school level. 

Whether it be public performances for the local community, swapping stories with our alums, or welcoming future members please take the time to explore all the ways our program is sharing our love for the spoken word.

Check us out on Facebook- https://www.facebook.com/BradleySpeech

-Ken Young ‘05
Director of Forensics


Grounded in a strong tradition, the Bradley University Speech Team molds diverse students into future leaders by developing and perfecting research, writing, critical thinking, communication, public speaking, and performance skills. We instill the fundamentals of advocacy needed for students to speak for those who cannot speak for themselves. By valuing process over product, it is a tireless work ethic that allows our students to champion true excellence.

Bradley University Speech Team: Tradition. Advocacy. Excellence.