Hayden Irwin Commits to the WTCC Cavaliers in La Crosse, Wisconsin

by Jim Stewart

18U Pitcher Hayden Irwin will be joining his Titans teammate Hunter Housley at Western Tech Community College in La Crosse, Wisconsin.  The Barrie resident became the second Titan to commit to the Cavaliers from the Class of 2022 and the ninth Titan to commit to a US College amid a recent flurry of signings. Irwin saw value in attending WTCC because he “knew it would be the best choice academically, considering they have the exact things I was I looking for when choosing classes. I also knew they could make me a better player.”  Irwin was pleased about his placement in Wisconsin as a student-athlete:  “I’m looking forward to the experience. I’ve heard it’s a beautiful place.” The graduate of Bear Creek Secondary School in Barrie will be “studying sports management or business management at Western Tech.”  His goals as a student-athlete included  “getting better not only as a player but as a student athlete.  I think the staff at Western Tech will really help me get to that goal.” Irwin thanked Titans College Placement Coordinator Denis Bailey for securing a place for him at WTCC:  “The Titans assisted me in choosing a college that best suited me academically and athletically and Coach Bailey was a key factor in that process.  He has helped me grow as a player and really helped me figure out that path I want to take.”

The 18U Pitcher reflected on his career with the Titans and mentioned that the “highlight of my time as a Titan has to be just playing with the group of guys. A lot of these guys have become family to me and it’s been a pleasure to play alongside them.”  He added some timely advice to the extended family of Titans regarding setting and achieving post-secondary goals:  “The advice I would give to younger athletes would be to really set in on the STUDENT-Athlete mindset-- the student part definitely comes first and if you are willing to put in the work with the school and sport, you will have the outcome you want.”

Titans 18U Head Coach Denis Bailey commented further on hard work and outcomes in his appraisal of Irwin:  “Hayden has made a successful transition to the mound as a situational pitcher.  He is a great teammate on our 18U team and I know he’ll be an effective middle relief guy for the Cavaliers.  His work ethic is going to carry him at the next level at Western Tech.”

Congratulations, Hayden, on your commitment to the NJCAA Cavaliers and all the best in your endeavors as a student-athlete at Western Tech CC in Wisconsin.