Hometown – Naperville
About me – Kirk is a physical education teacher, and former coach, at Downers Grove South High School. He has been teaching for over 30 years, and coached 17 of those years (12 of them as a head coach).
As an athlete, Kirk was a Division I National Champion, 3-Time All-American, 3-Time Hall of Fame Athlete, was selected in 2009 as #8 on NIU's Top 50 Huskies Athletes of All Time list, and is the father of 2 Division I scholarship athletes.
As a writer, Kirk also submits articles for publication for the Weplay Moms section, at BleacherReport, a sports editorial website, and "The Athlete's Sports Experience: Making a Difference" at the Tribune's ChicagoNow blog network.
Kirk's book, "Becoming a True Champion: Achieving Athletic Excellence From the Inside Out" will be published in 2012 by Rowman & Littlefield. Both his book and blog are written for the purpose of making a difference in the loss of perspective and "winning at all costs" attitudes so prevalent at many levels of sports and youth sports today, to provide a better understanding on how true athletic success is attained (or success in anything for that matter), to help give athletes, parents, and coaches the tools needed for that success, and to demonstrate the life application and intrinsic value that is attainable through healthy sports experiences.
Dream job – Retirement
Superstition – Silly idiosyncrosies when I am competing
Players – My two daughters
Teams – Marquette and Louisville
Quote – The Power To Become Whatever And Whomever You Decide, And the Realization That You Actually Have This Power, Is One Of The Greatest Gifts A Person Can Give To Themselves
Movies – Miracle, Remember the Titans, Hoosiers, Rocky, Rudy, The Natural, etc. Lord of the Rings, Matrix, X-Men, Fantastic Four, Star Trek, Iron Man, etc.
Music – Toby Keith - Love Me If You Can, Kenny Chesney - Don't Blink. Just about anything that has deep meaning and a clean sound.
Video games – None
TV shows – The Goodwife, The Mentalist, Criminal Minds, Ordinary Family