MIAMI DADE COLLEGE 2005 - FRESHMAN
Played his freshman season at Miami Dade College, which has produced numerous major leaguers including Mike Piazza and Bucky Dent.
Graduated from Westminster Academy in Miami, Fla. ... Drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the 20th round of the 2004 MLB Draft ... Played five seasons on the Westminster varsity squad ... Won the 2004 South Florida "Power Showcase" Home Run Derby with 38 long balls ... First-team selection on the Florida Sports Writers Association 2004 Class 2A All-State Team ... His strong showing at the 2003 Perfect Game/Baseball America World Wood Bat Association Fall Championship included a grand slam ... Was named the Broward Baseball Umpires Association's 2003 Player of the Year ... Played summer ball as a member of the Florida Bombers, which advanced to the 2004 Connie Mack World Series ... Won the Connie Mack Home Run Derby and was named the Bombers' team co-MVP (along with current Vols teammate J.P. Arencibia).
Full name is Brian David Van Kirk ... Born Aug. 10, 1985, in Plantation, Fla. ... Son of Robert and Mary Van Kirk ... Lists his father as having the biggest influence on his athletic career ... Academic major: Communication studies.