Kirby is a retired teacher, coach, and athletic director having most recently served as District Director of Athletics for South Bend Community Schools. In 2014, he was recognized, by the NAACP, for his work as leader of the District PBIS Team that produced a new Student Code of Conduct. He is the author of over 25 professional articles and two books. He has been a guest speaker/presenter at state, multi-state, national, and international professional conferences and workshops. Kirby earned his degree in Secondary Education from Ball State University.