Kirby was selected to the CoSIDA Academic All-District 7 University Division team in both 2009 and 2010, and was named to the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation All-Academic team both years he was eligible. Through his junior year, the finance major has earned a 3.91 grade point average, earning a perfect 4.0 four times. Kirby has been named DU’s Scholar Athlete, awarded to Denver’s top student-athlete each academic year. Kirby is expected to graduate on time in June 2012 and plans to pursue a career in investments and finance.
Kirby devotes the majority of his time to succeeding in the classroom and on the soccer pitch. Kirby is a lead-by-example type in athletics and academics, putting his head down, working hard and following instruction. However, Kirby is also upbeat and honest with the ability to provide levity to teammates when they need it.
For the past two years, Kirby has volunteered time and energy to The Children’s Museum in Denver. Kirby, along with his teammates, helped collect used soccer balls for a local organization, which sent them to underprivileged children in South Africa. Kirby has been an important part of DU’s efforts in raising money for and promoting Susan G. Komen for the Cure. He has helped coordinate more than 1,000 community service hours that the Pioneers have logged. Along with his teammates, Kirby has volunteered with Project Homeless Connect, an organization dedicated to ending homelessness, as well as working at numerous soccer camps, teaching children soccer and life skills, and visiting The Children’s Hospital.
Kirby is an important piece in DU’s talented front line, helping the Pioneers win their first two Mountain Pacific Sports Federation regular season titles and berths in the NCAA Tournament in 2008 and 2010. Kirby was selected as an All-MPSF honorable mention last season.