Tim Anderson is in his 5th year as the Head Coach of the Anoka Speech Team. Before coming to Anoka, Tim spent 10 years working as an assistant coach for Centennial High School coaching Creative, Humor, Info and Discussion.

As a speaker in high school, Tim was a 2 time section champion and a 3 time state competitor finishing 3rd in 1999 and 1st in 2000. He has also coached 9 section champions and 3 state finalists in his coaching career.

Watching students improve as speakers brings him the most joy in this job and looks forward to bringing a winning program and a section championship to Anoka.
Primary Events Coached:
  • Creative Expression
  • Discussion
  • Drama
  • Ex. Reading
  • Humorous
  • Poetry
  • Prose
  • Storytelling


Coach Nelson-Cain has been an Anoka coach since 2014. He has spent years in sales and marketing, using the skills he learned in speech. Spending three years on the team, one as captain, he performed in Original Oratory. He is currently a student pursuing a degree in Secondary English Education. 

He specializes in research, persuasion and speech structure. He works especially hard on finding the minute details in performance, working on gestures, eye contact, and voice inflection. His style is a bit eccentric, but extremely energetic. He is passionate about speech, and he pours that passion into every practice.
Primary Events Coached:
  • Discussion
  • Ex. Speaking
  • Great Speeches
  • Informative
  • Original Oratory


Neal Skoy is a professional actor, writer, instructor, and director in the Twin Cities. He is also a former Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus clown. He spent all four of his high school years on speech team; his last year as a team captain. After leaving the circus he coached for Centennial and attained his Fine Arts degree in theatre. Neal joined the Anoka Team in 2014 and has been producing exceptional speakers ever since.

His areas of expertise are interpretive events, and adding pathos and technique polish to PA events. He has a keen eye for physicality and finding the emotional roots of each piece. His work with the students is particularly collaborative and tends to feel more like a workshop setting.


“All students have potential and are able to find their own discipline and work ethic. I’m merely here to keep them on the right path. The kicker is when speakers find the task to be fun, rewarding, and enlightening. We have the privilege of reminding each student that they are capable of greatness.”


Primary Events Coached:
  • Duo
  • Ex. Reading
  • Humorous
  • Storytelling



Primary Events Coached:
  • Creative Expression
  • Duo
  • Humorous
  • Poetry
  • Prose


You can contact the coaches in a variety of ways. If you contact via text, please be sure to identify yourself.

Coach Anderson:
                                 [email protected]
                                @MrTimAnderson on Twitter
Coach Nelson-Cain:
                                 [email protected]
                                 @ryannelscain on Twitter
Coach Skoy
                            Reach via team Facebook Page     ​
Coach Waid
                            Reach via team Facebook Page


The coaching staff is not immune from expectations and accountability. We expect to hold our speakers to a high standard but it will be no higher than the standard we set for ourselves.

We will:
  • Make ourselves available for communication at all times whether it’s through Remind, email or text message. Responses to questions will come at earliest convenience for coaches
  • Practice time slots will be honored and full time will be used.
  • Coaching will be direct. We will look to critiques and other notes as a source for improvement
  • Written notes will be provided at the conclusion of practice so students can engage in structure practice on their own time. A Google Drive option will be available for keeping track of coaching notes.
  • Coach Anderson has an open door policy for any and all issues that may arise during the season, and Coach Nelson can be reached at all hours, including during the school day. The staff is committed to working to create and fun, creative, and collaborative working environment and will seek to remedy any situation that works against that environment.
  • The coaching staff is here to run a successful speech program and will always make decisions that we feel are in the best interest of the Anoka Speech program, including unpopular decisions. With that said, we are open to disagreement. If you do not like a decision, please either contact Coach Anderson personally or talk to a Captain/Event Leader so that these issues can be addressed.