UTSA community remembers longtime debate coach Skip Eno
Eno had been the director of forensics and debate at UTSA since 1982. In that time, the UTSA debate team earned numerous awards including several regional and national championships. The program has also been ranked among the top competitive universities on multiple occasions.
“We literally had to move most of the old trophies down to storage in order to make room for new ones,” said Ashley Denney, UTSA assistant debate coach. “That’s how you know that you’re part of a legacy.”
Eno was also the recipient of several personal awards. He was named Coach of the Year by the Southern Speech Association and All Star Coach by the CEDA South-Central Region in 1996. He received UTSA’s Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1999. More recently, his honors include the Brownlee Award for “Lifetime Excellence” in 2009, the Amy Fugate Leadership Award in 2010, and the Dick Stine Coaching Award in 2011. Skip was also the first recipient of the Jeff Jarmin Person of the Year Award in 2016.
“Skip Eno – truly a legend in his own time,” said Steven R. Levitt, associate dean for undergraduate studies in the College of Liberal and Fine Arts. “He was one of the smartest and bravest individuals I have ever known – a man with enormous talent and passion for education. Skip had a rare gift to inspire students and colleagues at UTSA on an immeasurable scale. Between all the debaters he coached and students he taught in the classroom over so many years, Skip may well hold the record for the number of young lives he touched at UTSA. I was blessed to work with him for 25 years. No words can express how much he will be missed.”
UTSA alumna and former student Erin White said, “Skip Eno coached debate at UTSA for longer than I’ve been alive, which means he spent more than three decades shepherding college students around the country to compete at the highest levels.”
Former UTSA debater and alumnus Christopher Thomas remembers Eno, “He had a way of seeing the world with you no matter your differences with him.”
“He could argue with you until he was blue in the face but he would also argue for you with his every breath,” said Kate Richey, longtime friend and policy debate coach at UT-Austin.
Those wishing to make monetary contributions are asked to direct them to the Skip and Judy Eno Debate Scholarship.