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.
In 2020 Kirby has decided to return to Laurentian University studying Sports Psychology. 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. Kirby now has become the Head Coach for the Laurentian Voyagers Baseball Team and hopes to lead the boys toward a successful season.
Meet Konar Smith, the Incredibly Athletic Younger Smith Brother!
Konar has finally completed 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.
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.
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 has played with the Ivy Rangers during the summer after finishing in minor baseball career. He plays with the Ivy Rangers alongside Smith Brothers Baseball staff Kirby Smith.
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.
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 Ontario Terriers where he played until his 18U year.
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.
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 now retired from teaching professional golf at Mad River Golf Club and has 26+ seasons teaching at Mad River. 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.