Coaches

Junior Summer Speech Institute

Kristofer Kracht

Kristofer Kracht

Kristofer Kracht is starting his eleventh-year directing the Gustavus Adolphus College Forensics program and his sixth year directing the Gustavus Summer Speech Institute. During his tenure, Gustavus placed 9th at the 2012 American Forensic Association National Individual Events Tournament and the 2012 National Forensic Association National Championship and 10th at the 2011 and 2010 American Forensic Association National Individual Events Tournaments, won a National Championship in President's DII at the 2012 and 2011 National Forensic Association National Championships, earned a top twenty finish in team sweepstakes at the 2007, 2008, and 2009 AFA-NIET, won a National Championship at the 2010 Pi Kappa Delta National Comprehensive Tournament, qualified multiple students for the Interstate Oratorical Association National Contest, and coached four AFA-NIET All-Americans. He received the 2006 Bob Derryberry Award For Outstanding New Forensics Educator, the 2009 Pi Kappa Delta Brightest Star Award, and the 2010 Swenson-Bunn Memorial Award for Teaching Excellence, and the 2011 AFA District Four Larry Schnoor Distinguished Service Award. Kris is married to Emily and they have two children, Eva and Noah.

Cadi Kadlecek

Cadi Kadlecek

Cadi Kadlecek starts her third year as the Associate Director of Forensics at Gustavus Adolphus College. She is originally from Ceresco, NE, where she competed at Raymond Central High School and was a member of a multiple state Championship team. In addition, she was an Octa-Finalist in Humorous Interpretation at the NFL National Tournament her senior year. As a college competitor, she competed in Public Address, Limited Prepration, and Interpretation winning not only the Nebraska state title in Dramatic interpretation, but also a National Championship in Prose Interpretation. In addition to success in forensics, Kadlecek demonstrated success in the classroom and service to the community by receiving the AFA-NIET All-American Award. Kadlecek now serves as a college coach and has coached students at Illinois State University, Bradley University, Concordia College, and Gustavus Adolphus College; managing to coach nationally competitive students in each of the 11 events at the AFA-NIET. In her spare time, she bakes cupcakes and likes to play with her two cats, Ira and Sophia.

Kellen Andersen

Kellen Andersen

Kellen Andersen just graduated from Paynesville Area High School in Minnesota this past spring and will be attending Gustavus Adolphus College in the upcoming fall with the intent of going pre-med and majoring in either biology or psychology. Kellen has been participating in speech ever since he has been in 6th grade. He has competed in poetry for the first two years and then switched to Humorous Interp. in 8th grade. Throughout the course of his high school Speech career, he has received over 20 first place medals in Central Minnesota invitational meets and took 7th in the Minnesota State High School League tournament as a sophomore. Recently, he took first place in Oral Interpretation in the 2012 Gustavus Adolphus College Summer Speech Institute tournament. When he is not working on perfecting speeches, Kellen enjoys long walks on the beach, reading MASSIVE books, and watching movies with friends and family. Kellen also has an obsession with alternative and Indie rock music and deeply enjoys the storylines of Shrek and Beowulf. He also enjoys puppies.

Andrea Broman

Andrea Broman

Andrea Broman is a freshman member of the Gustavus Adolphus Forensics team from Mankato, MN. In high school, she competed in Great Speeches and Prose, qualifying for the Minnesota State Tournament in both 2012 and 2013. This past year at the State Tournament, Andrea earned 2nd Place in Great Speeches. At Gustavus, Andrea plans to major in English. In addition to speech, Andrea enjoys reading, talking about books, and knitting.

Sam Hemmerich

Sam Hemmerich

Sam Hemmmerich is a 2012 alumni of the Gustavus Forensics team originally from Milaca, MN. Sam received his BA from Gustavus in biology and studio art. Back in high school, he tried Informative, loved Storytelling, and finished off with Dramatic Interpretation. In collegiate forensics, his focus was mostly interp (Prose, Program Oral Interpretation, Poetry, Drama, and Duo), but has taken on After Dinner Speaking and Informative speaking. Sam's various successes include a State Championship in Dramatic Interpretation in 2010 and a State Championship in Poetry Interpretation in 2012 at the Minnesota Collegiate Forensics Association State Championship, a Quarterfinal performance in Prose Interpretation and Dramatic Interpretation at the 2011 American Forensic Association National Individual Events Tournament and a visit to the Quarterfinal round of Dramatic Interpretation at the 2011 National Forensic Association National Championship. This is sam's 5th year coaching at camp where he focusses in serious interpretation, but still has a knack for storytelling!

Brittany Knutson

Brittany Knutson

Brittany Knutson is a junior member of the Gustavus Adolphus Forensics team from Watertown, SD. In high school, she competed in Original Oratory and qualified for the NFL National Tournament in 2010 and 2011. Last year year, Brittany competed in Persuasion, Informative, After Dinner Speaking, Extemporaneous Speaking, Communication Analysis and Impromptu Speaking. At Gustavus, Brittany is a Communication Studies and English double-major. When she isn't busy with speech or school work, Brittany enjoys reading and traveling.

Shelby Wilds

Shelby Wilds

Shelby Wilds is from Staples, MN and is beginning her fourth year with the Gustavus Forensics Team as a senior. In high school, she competed in Great Speeches all four years. She competed at State her last three years of high school, making it to State finals her sophomore year. In college, she competes in Communication Analysis, Persuasion, Informative, Impromptu, and Extemporaneous Speaking, and qualified each of them to the 2013 American Forensics Association National Individual Events Tournament, where she broke to quarterfinals in Communication Analysis and finals in Persuasion, placing fifth. At the 2013 State tournament, she placed first in Communication Analysis, Impromptu Speaking, and Informative, and also placed fifth in Extemporaneous Speaking. She enjoys just hanging out with friends, drawing, and listening to music. Also, she loves the nature. She is working on a double major in History and Communication Studies.