Doug Irwin played baseball for Belmont from 1981-1984. An infielder, Doug played in 95 games for BU, recording 56 hits and 486 putouts. He also helped Belmont win 78 games over those four seasons. He recently spoke to BelmontBruins.com about his days at Belmont, his career as an accountant, and his family, which includes a connection to Belmont’s softball program.
Why did you choose Belmont?
I followed a friend and wanted to play baseball. I realize now God was working in my life and directing me to Belmont.
What is your fondest athletic memory at Belmont?
My fondest memories were of my teammates, friendships, and Coach Dave Whitten. I also had a walk-off home run and to those who knew hitting prowess, know what a great feat that was.
Who had the biggest influence on you during your athletic career at Belmont and how?
Coach Whitten. He was a great Christian influence in my life.
What is the most valuable thing you gained or learned from your time at Belmont?
This is an easy one. My Christian friends influenced me to give my heart to Christ in the fall of 1981, my sophomore year, and is changed my life forever.
What advice would you give to current members of the baseballl team?
I will give the same advice I give to my children… outwork everyone and be thankful you are blessed to play a sport that you love.
Who was your favorite professor and why?
Lawrence Glover, Stephen Campbell, Otis McGowan, and Doc Chamblee.
Where do you live now?
What is your occupation?
I am a certified public accountant (CPA) and a partner in managing the firm of for Daniels, Irwin, and Aylor. I also coached softball 20 years and currently serve as a mentor at the Davidson County Juvenile Detention Center.
Tell us about your family.
My wife Staci is a financial advisor for Modern Woodmen.
My daughter Hannah (27) is a Belmont graduate and former softball player. She is married and is a critical care nurse at the Medical Center of Plano, Texas.
My son Nick (25) is a manager of Amico’s Italian Restaurant in Nolensville.
My daughter Emma (24) and a graduate of O’More College of Design. She is currently a realtor in Mount Juliet, Tennessee.
My daughter Abby, 19, is a sophomore at Belmont.
My son Chase (17) is a junior at Nolensville High School and a member of the track team.