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MEET THE TEAM

Kirby Smith

Meet Kirby, the older Power Hitting Smith Brother!

Kirby has been an instructor at Smith Brothers Baseball Central since its opening back in 2012. Kirby has extensive knowledge and experience in all aspects of baseball. He is also one of the co-founders and current president of the Central Ontario Reds Baseball Club.

Kirby’s love of baseball was present from a young age when he played Rep ball as a kid for the Barrie Red Sox (currently the Barrie Bay Cats). Kirby later went on to play in the PBLO as a member of the Oakville Royals Baseball Club. He played there for 3 years and was able to travel throughout Canada and the US playing baseball at some of the highest levels of youth sport.

Kirby later went on to North Lakes College in Irving, Texas, where he played with the Blazers Baseball Team for 2 seasons. While in school, Kirby also played for the Melville Millionaire’s for one season with the WMBL; a college/semi-professional league is Melville Saskatchewan.

Kirby came back to Smith Brothers and the Central Ontario Reds full time in the Winter of 2015, where he has been coaching and instructing baseball, working with players from 8-18 years old, and teaching various aspects of the game. Kirby plays first base and catcher and works here at Smith Brothers Baseball Central as a Hitting, Infielding and Catching Instructor. Kirby is instrumental in the design and content planning of our developmental programs, clinics and private lessons at the facility.

Kirby went on to coach at Laurentian University in their inaugural season as an assistant coach, Kirby only attended Laurentian for one season as a coach as Kirby has decided to return to University studying Sports Psychology at Laurentian University and has become a player for the Voyageurs. Kirby just finished up his first season with the Voyagers as a player, being amongst the top of the team in a handful of offensive categories.

Konar Smith

Meet Konar Smith, the Incredibly Athletic Younger Smith Brother!

Konar has been away from the business over the past 5 years, completing his Degree in Exercise and his Masters in Athletic Training at Gannon University (NCAA Division 2 school in Pennsylvania). Konar played on their Baseball team as a Gannon Knight for 4 seasons. In May 2020, Konar graduated from Gannon University with his Masters in Athletic Training with a 4.0 GPA.

As part of Konar’s clinical training with his program, he had the opportunity to work with both the Erie Seawolves (Detroit Tigers AA affiliate team) and the Erie Otters OHL team. Konar was able to be on the bench as a student in training athletic trainer and work with both teams extensively throughout his clinical work.

Growing up, Konar played baseball all over Canada and the US. Konar was selected to represent Canada in the Canadian Sunbelt Junior Classic team travelling to Oklahoma in 2014. Konar played for the Ontario Terriers in his 18U and 17U years, and the Oakville Royals his 16U year. Prior to the Royals, he played with the Barrie Red Sox Organization for 10 years. In 2012 Konar was selected to play on the YSBA All-Star team and participated in the Ontario Summer Games.

Konar is a born leader who makes the game of baseball fun and loves passing on his knowledge to younger athletes. Konar instructs fielding, hitting, pitching and fitness here at Smith Brothers Baseball Central. Konar is eager about baseball but even more so about fitness and wellness.

Kirk Smith

Meet Kirk Smith

Kirk Smith is one of the owners and the President of Smith Brothers Baseball Central. Kirk has extensive experience both playing and coaching baseball and the reputation of being a fantastic coach and instructor with young players.

Kirk played baseball until he was 21 years old and then switched to coaching the game. He has attained his NCCP Baseball Coaching Certification.

Kirk has coached all levels of baseball from T-ball up to Bantam. Kirk’s coaching philosophy is teaching players how to relax and be patient while learning to play the game. With his positive coaching, he has helped many players excel at their game over the years.

Kirk is excited to be coaching the 12U Central Ontario Reds year-round team this year. He has spent many years at Smith Brothers’ Baseball Central heading up the Indoor T-Ball and Rookie Ball Leagues.

Doug McKeen

Meet Doug McKeen, the Amazing Mental Coach.

Doug is often referred to as the “Hitting Magician,” as he can take a hitter that is struggling at the plate and turn their game around with only a few sessions. Doug has been teaching the art of hitting for over 30 years, working with countless numbers of college and professional players along the way.

Doug has a high focus on your mind and how it can be utilized effectively to make you a better hitter. In Doug’s words: “Helping a hitter change or improve their mechanics can often take many months of hard work, but, to help a hitter who is slumping because of mental issues like pressure, negative thinking or vision might only take a couple of sessions.”

Doug has spent hundreds of hours coaching baseball players at the rep, elite and college-level, some of which are now in the MLB, working on the mental side of baseball. The success stories of players that have worked with Doug here at Smith Brothers Baseball Central are endless; he is a truly exceptional coach that we are lucky to have.

Previous to joining Smith Brothers, Doug was involved with the Oakville Royals Baseball Club from 2010—2014 as a hitting instructor. Doug is currently the Hitting Coach for the Central Ontario Reds organization. Doug works at Smith Brothers Baseball Central as an instructor with the Elite Hitting Programs, Summer High-Performance Camps, and Private Lessons.

Kurt Roy

Meet Kurt Roy!

Kurt Roy is one of our Senior Pitching instructors and the head of fitness here at Smith Brothers Baseball Central.

Kurt graduated from the Fitness and Health Promotion Program at Georgian College in 2016. Kurt is a qualified personal trainer certified through CanFit Pro and has been teaching fitness programs here at Smith Brothers, including private sessions, Elite baseball fitness, Winter developmental fitness, and women’s body boost. Kurt is also one of our senior pitching instructors working with kids on their throwing and pitching abilities.

Kurt understands the importance of physical fitness for baseball players firsthand, having played baseball for the past 16 years. Kurt plays with the New Lowell Knights of the NDBL. Kurt is a past OBA champion in 2012 with the Creemore Jr. Braves.

Kurt runs the Elite Velocity Program, Athletic Fitness Classes, and Personal Training department here at Smith Brothers Baseball Central. Kurt is in high demand for private lessons and has a vast clientele. Kurt also instructs fundamentals, pitching and hitting and works with our Clinics, Camps and Winter Developmental Programs.

Kurt has been one of the Coaches for the Central Ontario Reds since they started in 2014, coaching many age groups, including the 16U team, last year. Kurt is currently the head coach of the Central Ontario Reds 13U team.

Adrian Gutierrez

Meet Adrian Gutierrez!

Adrian Gutierrez is one of our seniors hitting and out fielding instructors. Adrian also runs fitness classes here at Smith Brothers.

Adrian is a 2017 graduate in Health Fitness and Personal Training Program from Bryan’s College, in British Columbia. Adrian is incredibly knowledgeable in baseball and health and fitness, as he is a certified personal trainer through the CanFit Pro.

His passion has a focus on the importance of psychical fitness, not only in the gym but sports training; baseball being number one. Adrian has played ball for 17 years, playing high-level ball since he was 15. Playing for the Canadian College Baseball Conference, Vancouver Island Baseball Institute, and representing Team Saskatchewan in 2017 on their 21U team. Adrian signed to play the 2020 season with the IBL Barrie Baycats team.

Adrian understands the requirements and dedication it takes to develop the next generation of baseball players successfully. He understands the mechanical and mental strategies of becoming a successful hitter and fielder. His passion for the games means he holds high standards when it comes to being a great baseball player!

Adrian is also an assistant coach for the Central Ontario Reds 12U and 14U teams! We are excited about Adrian’s passion and drive to be seen here at Smith Brothers!

David Blanch

Meet David Blanch!

 

David Blanch has been a pitching instructor here at Smith Brothers for the past 4 years.

Prior to David joining the Smith Brothers team, he attended Defiance College in Defiance, Ohio, where he played all four years with the Yellow Jackets on the varsity Baseball Team as a pitcher and utility infielder.

Growing up, David was a member of the Newmarket Hawks and Bolton Braves Baseball organizations. David has been playing baseball since the age of 4. During this time, he has gained an extreme amount of knowledge from the different teams and coaches he has played for.

In 2013 David played Baseball in Michigan for the Michigan Jets, a travel team where a high number of Colligate players played to prepare for the upcoming season.

David also coached the Central Ontario Reds 15U, 16U and 18U teams over the last three years and is the assistant coach for the 14U team this season. Smith Brothers is lucky to have David on board to share his passion and love for this game with every athlete he works with.

Brittani Bezanson

Meet Brittani Bezanson!

Brittani attended two years at Aiken Technical College (NJCAA Division I) in South Carolina, where she played for the Knights as a Pitcher/Utility player. After completing her Associate of Arts Degree, she moved on to play for the Lincoln Memorial University Railsplitters (NCAA Division II) in Harrogate, Tennessee. There she obtained duel athletic scholarships for both Softball and Dance. After completing three years at LMU, she graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology with a minor in Nutrition.

Brittani has previous experience coaching multiple clinics and camps and has worked as the Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Barrie Storm Girls Teams.

Prior to leaving for University, Brittani played for multiple organizations since the age of 3. During her long career, Brittani played her minor ball in the provincial women’s softball association (PWSA) for such teams as the Barrie Storm, Newmarket Stingers, Clarkson’s Scarletts, Mississauga North, Chinguacousy Cougars, Oakville Angel’s, Brampton Blazers, Scarborough Sting Rays.

Brittani has also attended the Queen of Diamonds Showcase camps at Kent State University and the showcase at Plantation, Florida, with the Whitby Eagles with Former Toronto Blue Jay Rob Butler as the coach.

As a member of various PWSA teams, she has also attended numerous tournaments throughout the United States successfully playing against multiple high-level club teams as well as Division 1 and 2 Universities.

Brittani is the fastball Instructor at Smith Brothers Baseball Central and is an excellent Instructor with a vast knowledge of the game of fastball and fitness.

Matthew Hinchey

Meet Matthew Hinchey!

Matthew is one of our intermediate instructors here at Smith Brothers. Mathew has a wide range of knowledge and has taught sessions in hitting, pitching, fielding, fitness, and more. Matthew works with our Winter developmental program, clinics, leagues, and private lessons.

He has been apart of the Smith Brothers’ team for the past 4 years, starting as a young 9th grader. Prior to Matthew’s employment with Smith Brothers, he attended many training programs here at Smith Brothers Baseball Central.

Matthew was a player for the Central Ontario Reds teams for 3 seasons from 12U-14U. Matthew then further went on to take private lessons and clinics at Smith Brothers Baseball Central training under our senior staff.

In the summer of 2019, Matthew completed the 40-hour Smith Brothers coaches mentorship program with coach Kirby Smith receiving the highest grade in the class in the process.

We have had the pleasure to watch Matthew grow into an amazing instructor and a fine young man over the years; He has a Steller customer loyalty and continues to receive praise from his clientele.

Wesley Kobelka

Meet Wesley Kobelka!

Wesley is in his second year as an Instructor with Smith Brothers and the Central Ontario Reds. Wesley is one of our Intermediate Instructors working primarily in the field of pitching and throwing but he also teaches fielding and hitting.

Wesley played the previous 3 seasons for the Central Ontario Reds under Head Coach Kirby Smith and Assistant Coach David Blanch. Wesley played an instrumental role for the Reds, primarily serving as the Ace pitcher. Wesley was recruited to play baseball for Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec before he decided to return to high school for a victory lap.

Wes is planning to play the 2020 summer with the Ivy Ranger baseball club alongside Smith Brothers Baseball Central staff Kirby Smith, Konar Smith and Adrian Gutierrez.

Wes completed the Smith Brothers Coaches mentorship program in the summer of 2019 with coach Kirby Smith.

Wesley is an upbeat energetic coach, always finding ways to keep the material informative and fun for his students. Wesley has a natural feel for coaching and continues to get outstanding reviews.

Alex McNiven

Meet Alex McNiven!

Alex is one of our Junior Instructors here at Smith Brothers; he is in his second year as an Instructor. Alex teaches the fundamentals of the game to our younger athletes and is knowledgeable and talented with the concepts he can share.

Alex completed the Smith Brothers Coaches mentorship program in the summer of 2019 with coach Kirby Smith. Alex has also participated in a handful of different programs instructing here at Smith Brothers Baseball Central including, indoor leagues, Winter developmental, clinics, private lessons, and assistant coaching for the Reds 12U and 11U teams.

Alex is currently a player for the Sudbury Voyagers organization and has played the previous 4 years for the Central Ontario Reds under coach Kirby Smith, Kurt Roy, Dave Blanch, and Konar Smith. He is naturally talented at the game of baseball and has a bright future in his playing career still ahead of him.

Reese Irvin

Meet Reese Irvin!

Reese has been a part of the Smith Brothers Baseball Central family for 4 years now as an employee. Reese started at Smith Brothers Baseball Central as a High School volunteer student, where he helped out for 2 Summers with Summer camps. Reese did a great job making the summer camp fun and enjoyable for the kids.

Reese was then hired as an administrative employee to help out with day to day operations at Smith Brothers Baseball Central; he did that for a year on top of camps and indoor leagues. Reese is now going into his second year as a Junior Instructor teaching private lessons, clinics, and winter developmental programs.

Reese has partaken in programs at Smith Brothers Baseball Central since we opened back in 2012. Reese completed the Smith Brothers Coaches mentorship program in the summer of 2019 with coach Kirby Smith.

Reese has played for Central Ontario Reds for the past 4 seasons. Currently, he is in his first season with the Ontario Titans. Reese is primarily a catcher and second baseman.

Reese loves the game of baseball and loves teaching young players the game.

Josh McBride

Meet Josh McBride!

Josh, who started playing baseball at the early age of 4 is currently playing for the 16U Ontario Titans in the Fergie Jenkins League.

Josh currently attends Nottawasaga Pines Secondary School and is looking to further his career in baseball through college.

Josh joined the Central Ontario Reds program when he was thirteen and played for the 13U, 14U and 16U teams as an outfielder and first baseman.

Josh completed the Smith Brothers Coaches mentorship program in the summer of 2019 with coach Kirby Smith.

Josh has a passion for baseball and enjoys the coaching side too. Josh most recently coached the Fall Rookie Ball and Hit Trax Leagues at Smith Brothers Baseball Central. He thoroughly enjoys coaching all the athletes and passing on his knowledge.

Zach Christie

Meet Zach Christie!

Zach is currently playing for the 15U Ontario Terriers team, his baseball career started at the age of 3, playing T-Ball. Since the facility first opened, he has been in many Smith Brothers Baseball Central programs, so he knows what the programming is all about!

Zach’s playing history includes playing for the Angus Avengers, Ivy Rangers Select, 14U Central Ontario Reds, 16U Sudbury Voyageurs, and finally, the 15U Ontario Terriers.

Zach’s most significant accomplishment to date was having the opportunity to play for the PBR Junior Future Games representing Team Canada!

Zach completed the Smith Brothers Coaches mentorship program in the summer of 2019 with coach Kirby Smith.

Zach was an assistant coach for the Central Ontario Reds 11U Developmental team and also helped Coach the 12U team during their Winter Training. Zach is great with the young athletes and again loves to share his knowledge with them.

Debbie Clum

Meet Debbie Clum, Smith Brothers Baseball Central’s Golf Instructor.

She runs golf clinics for seniors and beginners, private golf lessons and works with all drop in golfers on  fine-tuning their swing.  Debbie has been with us since January 2013.
Debbie has her Bachelor of Science in Physical Education.  Debbie is currently the teaching professional at Mad River Golf Club and will be going into her 26th season with Mad River this summer.  Debbie was the teaching professional at Black Diamond in Florida for 5 winters and prior to Black Diamond she was the Assistant Director of the Rina Ritson Golf School in Florida.
Debbie played in the Future Tours in Florida, The European Tour and the Asian Tour. Debbie was low Club Professional in the Canadian Women’s Championship and shot low round in the Ladies British Open. She is a member of the Canadian Professional Golfers Association.
We are proud to have Debbie as part of our team.  Come out and meet her today.