Kirk originated the California Comets ASA organization in 2001 beginning with a 10U program that competed in the ASA Nationals at Moreno Valley, CA . His 14U team were the Champions of the Colorado Sparkler Tournament and he continued through the ranks as one of the competitive travel ball programs in Northern California. Kirk was the head Coach of the 18U California Comets Gold program which placed many of his student athletes in the collegiate ranks through 2014. Prior to originating the California Comets organization, Kirk lead his 1999 California Sting team to a 4th place finish in the 18 Gold ASA Nationals at Sioux Falls, South Dakota where all starting nine student athletes received scholarships to D 1 Collegiate programs. Kirk has re surfaced with his California Comets “Believe” program at the 12 U level and is currently the Softball Director at the Alpha Charter High School. Entering his 5th decade as a coach, Kirk had spent 11 years as an assistant coach at Sacramento City College (1985 and 1987 State Champions) and American River College. He served as the head coach at American River College from 1999 to 2003 (2000 League Champions). Kirk was the head coach at Valley High School, 1980 – 1982 (Coach of the Year and Optimist All Star Team Head Coach) , Mesa Verde High School from 1997 – 1999 ( 1999 Div. III CIF Champions) and 2003 – 2005 (Optimist All Star Team Head Coach), and at Rocklin High School in 1994 and from 2005 – 2007, where he resigned to focus on his business, the Hit’s, Harmony & Hustle Softball Training facility.
Kirk competed at the men’s fast pitch A and Open Major divisions from 1970 until his retirement in 1994. He was a member of the 1991 ASA Men’s Major National Champion and 1994 Olympic Festival Gold Medal winning Guanella Brothers team from Rhonert Park , CA . Kirk also served as the assistant coach for the Men’s USA National team and received the Silver Medal in the 1994 Pan Am games in Monterrey , Mexico. This same year he toured China as the head coach for the 1994 Women’s 18U California Crush Goodwill team. Kirk has earned Silver Medals in 1983 (California Kings) and 1991 (Guanella Brothers) at the USA Olympic Sports festivals in Colorado Springs and Los Angeles and a Bronze Medal in the 1990 USA Olympic Sports Festival in St. Paul/Minneapolis. Kirk was the starting short stop on the 1974 All Army Fast Pitch team and received his honorable discharge from the Armed Forces this same year.
His passion to teach this game at all levels is demonstrated by his demeanor on and off the field, as he continues to learn life lessons with his student athletes through fast pitch softball. Kirk has been married to Debra for 49 years and have two lovely daughters, Alyssa, 41, who earned an athletic scholarship with softball to the University of Oregon and graduated in 2003, and Megan, 30, who graduated from Mesa Verde High School in 2010. Kirk and Debra have three lovely granddaughters, 11 year old Kayla Ivonne, 4 year old Brinley Rose, 8 month old Braylie Nicole and a 9 year old grandson, Mason Tyler.
Kirk continues to act as a positive role model for his student athletes and the community as he displays a high level of respect for parents, opponents and officials.