Reese Irvin Commits to National Champion Durham College Lords of the OCAA

by Jim Stewart

17U Catcher Reese Irwin committed to the OCAA Durham College Lords yesterday, as the Titans Baseball Club continued its steady pace of placing its players in post-secondary destinations for the 2021-22 school year.  The resident of Everett, Ontario offered reasons for committing to the national champion Lords:  “I chose to continue my baseball career with Durham because I like what they have to offer and the coach was very knowledgeable about baseball and is confident in his program.” Irvin’s Head Coach John Bethune—an outstanding student-athlete with the Seneca College Sting—knows the OCAA well and echoed his catcher’s confidence in the Lords’ college baseball program:  “Reese will be a big clubhouse presence for the Lords as he boasts a great work ethic and winning attitude that will fit in well with Durham College. The Lords are one of the top OCAA programs and I feel Reese will excel on the diamond and in the classroom.”  Coach Bethune added “I'm extremely proud of Reese for all he has been able to accomplish on and off the field for us. He had a big 2020 season, hitting .550 with a team-leading .677 OBP.”

While the sparkplug catcher committed fully to playing baseball at Durham College, he has not made a final decision about his major field of study:  “I haven't decided whether to do sports management or welding, but I am more likely to go with sports management.” What he was sure about was his “best memory from my 2020 season with the Titans which would be my first home run!” In addition to helping him find his power stroke, Irvin also acknowledged that “The Titans helped me achieve my post-secondary goals by expanding my knowledge of the game and helping me get myself out there with videos and talking to college coaches about me.” When asked what advice he would offer younger Titans who wish to follow his footsteps, he stressed that they “listen to and ask questions of the coaches to have better knowledge and fundamentals for the game. Never forget to have fun!!” 

Titans Director of Player Operations and Player Development offered this critique of his catcher’s signing with Durham College:  “While early for a Canadian OCAA commitment, it was no doubt the right decision for Reese to verbally commit to Durham and Coach Reid.  Having Reese and others to come commit to a Canadian school just shows how the Titans will help all players with their goals, whether it's NCAA, OCAA, NJCAA, NAIA , OUA, or other divisions in Canada.  We will push our Titans student-athletes to make the right decision.”

It appears that Reese Irvin felt the push and responded accordingly to commit to the Durham Lords’ nationally-ranked baseball program.

Congratulations, Reese, on your verbal commitment to the OCAA Durham Lords.