Raya Abat ‘13
Raya is a Sophomore English major and communications minor from New York City. This is her second year in forensics, competing in Interpretation events and Improptu Speaking. She enjoys food, probably too much, especially Chinese cuisine!
Salvatore Coraseti ‘14
Sal is a Freshman International Relations major from Baltimore, Maryland. He is looking forward to continuing his forensics career at Saint Joseph’s this year, and being a part of the Villiger Legacy.
Joseph Dineen ‘11 (President)
Joe is a senior from Stamford, Connecticut, majoring in International Relations with minors in History and Asian Studies. Discovered in 2003 by an extremely patient high school speech coach, this will be Joe’s eighth year in forensics. He has competed in almost every event offered in college (his personal favorite is DI, go figure), and he looks forward to one last great year. Joe is also a cinephile, a theatergoer, a Futurama connoisseur, a Sagittarius, Batman, a calligrapher, an Islanders fan, and keeper of the extemp bins.
Margaret Durkin ‘14
Margaret is a freshman and currently an undeclared social science major. This is her 5th year in Forensics. She plans to compete in Informative, Persuasion, Duo, Communication Analysis, Prose, Poetry, and welcomes any new events. She also enjoys reading TIME magazine, (or anything, for that matter) and going to Goo Goo Dolls concerts. She is extremely excited to be a part of the Villiger team!
She is actually the one who framed Roger Rabbit.
Robb Del Casale ‘85 (Moderator)
Robb has been at Saint Joseph’s University for over 25 years, 4 competing and the rest coaching. He was in several national interpretation outrounds and has coached numerous students to national final rounds and championships. He has built the Villiger Debating Society into a national contender year in and year out and established a legacy that puts learning and students' needs first.
Joe O’Brien ’01 (Competition Moderator/Interp and Delivery Coach)
Joe has been a part of Villiger for over a decade. As a competitor, Joe was a multiple outrounder and finalist, including the 2001 NFA Prose National Champion. His students have reached the same level of success. He manages the team’s competitive strategy, coaches Interp, and works with speech delivery. He is also a talent agent in NYC.
Eileen Monaghan ’02 (PA coach and Tournament liaison)
Eileen is one of the most competitively successful team members in Villiger history. She was a national finalist at NFA and AFA nationals in multiple events, culminating with a 4th place finish in Individual Sweepstakes at the 2002 NFA tournament. Her students in Persuasion, Informative, and Communication Analysis have reached deep outrounds at nationals, as well. She is also an advisor for the tournament. Eileen is a lawyer at the prestigious White and Williams law firm.
Leo Mullin ’82 (Limited Prep coach)
Leo has competed and coached at Saint Joseph’s University for years. Along with Steve Conaway, Leo has coached students to over 30 outrounds in Impromptu and Extemporaneous Speaking, more than 10 national finals, and multiple national championships…just in the past ten years. He now works for the EPA.
Steve Conaway ’84 (Limited Prep coach)
See “Leo” above. Steve is also an esteemed lawyer in the Philadelphia area.
Patty Byrnes ’99 (PA coach and Tournament advisor)
Patty has been an integral part of Villiger for 15 years as a competitor, coach, and administrator. She mainly coaches After Dinner Speaking and Persuasion. She also coaches Extemp and Impromptu. Her students have made numerous outrounds in these respective events. She also helps to organize and advise the team for The Villiger Tournament. Patty is now a successful lobbyist in Philadelphia.
Additional Coaches: Mike Malloy, Danielle Rogowski-Malloy, Dave Tuason, Ken Latzko, Tony Figliola, Ryan McKenna, Jenn Welby, John Geibel.