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Forensic Coaches

Peter K. Kamakawiwoole

Head Coach

A 2008 graduate of PHC, Peter Kamakawiwoole and his partner, Sarah Wilson, won Patrick Henry College’s first Moot Court national championship in 2005. He went on to study law at Saint Louis University School of Law, before joining the Home School Legal Defense Association in 2011. As HSLDA's Director of Litigation, Peter has represented homeschooling families before state and federal tribunals across the nation. As the head coach of PHC's moot court program, Peter teaches legal reasoning and writing, oversees the college's unique and collaborative training sessions, and assists our varsity teams as they prepare for regional and national competition. He is incredibly grateful for an opportunity to give back to a program that was so formative to both his college and professional life.


Logan Spena


Logan Spena graduated from Patrick Henry College in 2012. As a student, he captained PHC's moot court and mock trial teams, qualifying for Nationals in moot court all four years and earning 3rd place at Nationals his senior year. Logan graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law in 2016 and spent the next two years in state government, serving as deputy policy director in the Missouri governor's office. He currently works for Alliance Defending Freedom in Lansdowne, VA, where he focuses on constitutional litigation.


Cole Reynolds


Cole Reynolds is a recent graduate of Patrick Henry College, receiving his degree in Government with a track in American Politics and Policy as a part of the class of 2022. While at PHC, Cole competed on the varsity moot court team his sophomore and junior years, earning a bid to nationals his sophomore year and a 3rd place finish in the national brief writing contest on the respondent side. As a volunteer Moot Court Coach, Cole hopes he can give back to the Moot Court program as much as he received as a competitor. Cole currently works as an analyst at Patomak Global Partners, a consulting firm in Washington, D.C., where he works on projects relating to corporate strategy and regulatory compliance for a variety of clients in the financial sector.


James Dunning


Before graduating from PHC in 2022, James competed for four years in Moot Court. He had the opportunity to represent PHC at Nationals twice, and in 2022 he and his partner finished fifth place in the oral competition and third in brief writing. One of James’ favorite moot court memories is the time he went to a tournament in Orlando and the flights were accidently booked a day early. An extra day under the Florida sun in the middle of November? No complaints here. James is now serving as a Business Analyst at Capital One.


Tyler Dunning


Tyler graduated from Patrick Henry College in May of 2022 with a degree in Economics and Business Analytics. He loved his four years at PHC and, without a doubt, his time competing in the Moot Court and traveling with the team to tournaments was a major highlight. Tyler qualified to the AMCA’s national tournament each year and placed 9th in 2020 and 2021. He also enjoyed competing in the national brief writing contest, ranking 2nd among the respondent briefs in 2020. He’s excited to support the team as an assistant coach and see what God does through our program over the coming year!

Ryan McDonald

Head Coach

Ryan McDonald received his B.A. cum laude from PHC in 2016. He was an active participant in collegiate Moot Court, Mock Trial, and British Parliamentary Debate, where he repeatedly represented each branch of PHC forensics at the national level. In 2019, Ryan completed his J.D. at George Mason University’s Antonin Scalia Law School, where he twice represented the school at the American Bar Association’s National Appellate Advocacy Competition and won both of the school’s intra-school appellate advocacy tournaments. He was an active member of the George Mason Law Review and spent time working as a legal assistant among multiple private firms and federal agencies before graduation. Ryan invests in undergraduate, high school, and law school forensics by judging and administrating tournaments, coaching high school mock trial, teaching at debate summer camps, and mentoring individual students where possible. He now serves as an Enforcement Attorney for the Federal Communications Commission in Washington, DC.


Tyson Langhofer


Tyson Langhofer serves as senior counsel and director of the Center for Academic Freedom with Alliance Defending Freedom. Langhofer represents students and faculty at public high schools and colleges in defending their First Amendment rights. He has extensive experience in civil litigation and constitutional law. Before joining ADF, Langhofer was a partner with Stinson LLP, where he worked as a commercial litigation attorney from 2000 until he joined ADF in 2015. Langhofer is Peer Review Rated AV® Preeminent in Martindale-Hubbell. He is a sought-after speaker on legal and cultural issues. He regularly comments on free speech issues in television, radio, and print media. He has appeared as a guest and written pieces for numerous major media outlets, including The Washington Post, The Washington Times, USA Today, Townhall, The Federalist, and The Daily Wire. Langhofer earned his Juris Doctor from Regent University School of Law in 1999, graduating cum laude. Langhofer is admitted to practice in multiple states, the Supreme Court, and numerous federal district and appellate courts.

Elizabeth Ertle

Head Coach – Amber Team

Elizabeth Ertle graduated magna cum laude from Patrick Henry College in 2015. Elizabeth went on to earn her J.D., with Honors, from the University of Chicago Law School in 2018. While there, she was a semifinalist in the Hinton Moot Court competition and subsequently served as co-chair of the Hinton competition. Elizabeth was also the Executive Articles Editor for the University of Chicago Legal Forum. At PHC, she participated in mock trial all four years, captaining a team and competing on the team making the school's first appearance at the AMTA National Championship Tournament. Elizabeth also competed in moot court, advancing to elimination rounds all three years at the AMCA National Championship. Elizabeth is excited for the opportunity to give back to the PHC Forensics Program by serving as a volunteer mock trial coach. She currently works as an Associate at Covington & Burling LLP in Washington, DC.


Sam Johnson

Coach – Amber Team

Sam Johnson graduated summa cum laude from Patrick Henry College in December 2014, going on to earn his J.D., with Honors, from the University of Chicago Law School in 2018. At UChicago, Sam was a finalist in the Hinton Moot Court competition and Topic Access Editor and Comments Editor for the University of Chicago Legal Forum. During his time at PHC, he captained PHC's top mock trial team for four years, including to the school's first appearance at the AMTA National Championship Tournament. Sam also competed in moot court, advancing to the elimination rounds at nationals all four years and earning recognition as a national semifinalist twice. He looks forward to serving as a volunteer mock trial coach at PHC. Sam currently works as an Associate at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP in Washington, DC.


Kyle Ziemnick

Head Coach – Navy Team

A 2020 graduate of Patrick Henry College with a degree in Journalism, Kyle Ziemnick will begin law school at the University of Virginia School of Law this fall. Kyle competed in moot court and mock trial all four years at PHC. He served as mock trial team co-captain two years, earning recognition as an All-American Witness at the 2019 AMTA National Tournament while contributing to the team’s Fourth Place finish. Kyle also excelled in moot court, winning the Mid-South Regional moot court tournament at Liberty University his junior and senior years and advancing to elimination rounds at Nationals three years in a row. He is grateful for the opportunity to give back to the Forensics program as a volunteer mock trial coach, helping other students to develop critical thinking and communication skills.


Cooper Millhouse

Head Coach – Gold Team

Cooper Millhouse graduated from PHC in 2019 and from the George Washington University Law School in 2022. Upon graduation from GWU Law, he began clerking for Judge Gregory E. Maggs on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces and will be clerking for Judge Joel M. Carson on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit. Cooper is married to his (incredible) wife and has a pet Labrador Retriever (unoriginally) named Bella. In his (rapidly shrinking) extra time, Cooper enjoys skiing, basketball, and coaching PHC’s mock trial program. He believes he would not be where he is without PHC’s forensics program and is grateful for the opportunity to give back.


Susan Johnson

Head Coach – Blue Team

Sue has served as the PHC Forensics Program Director since fall of 2019. Prior to joining PHC, she gained more than a decade of coaching and organizational experience in high school and collegiate Mock Trial, Moot Court, and Debate, including a second place finish at Empire Mock Trial and ninth place finish at the National High School Mock Trial Competition (NHSMTC), as a second-year coach. Serving on the Boards of Directors for the American Mock Trial Association (AMTA), American Moot Court Association (AMCA), and National High School Mock Trial Competition (NHSMTC), Sue is deeply involved in the forensics community nationwide. She has been published in the North Carolina State Bar Journal and various newsletters and has authored or co-authored more than a dozen mock trial cases at the high school and collegiate levels.

Sue earned her B.A., summa cum laude, and M.P.H., magna cum laude, from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, as well as a certificate in Nonprofit Management from Duke University. While in North Carolina, Sue was recognized as an NC “Woman of Justice” for her service to the legal profession and broader community. In her spare time, Sue enjoys hiking, traveling, and playing with their two active Aussiedoodle puppies.


Dr. Frank Guliuzza's Legacy Page

Dr. Guliuzza "Dr. G" left an indelible legacy with the Patrick Henry College community. During his time at the College, he co-coached ten American Moot Court Association national championship teams (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016,  2017, 2018, and 2019).  He was the immediate past President of the American Mock Trial Association, and was the past President of the American Moot Court Association. Dr. G also coached nineteen mock trial teams into national competition.  He was a former President of the Western Association of Pre-Law Advisors and the Pre-Law Advisors’ National Council.  His pre-law students have earned admission, typically with scholarship or other financial support, at dozens of top tier law schools including Harvard, Columbia, and Yale. Dr. G passed away in his sleep on February 26th, 2019. In the words of PHC President Jack Haye, "At this moment, he is in the presence of the LORD and probably reflecting on his Sunday’s Comin’ sermon. Sunday did come for 'Dr. G.' Hopes beyond hopes fulfilled. A life fully lived for God’s Glory."  Click here to visit his legacy page.

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