Prior to Oregon Tech:
Averaged 18 points and 13 rebounds for the Ka Makani. For his efforts Van Kirk was a first-team All-Big Island recipient in basketball, leading his team to the semifinals in 2012 in Division II postseason action. Along with basketball, Van Kirk was also a First-Team All-State recipient in volleyball. Tyler is the son of Brett Smith and Lisa Van Kirk – Born 7-21-94.