Gannon Names DJ Cannon Head Baseball Coach
Gannon University has named DJ Cannon as its new head baseball coach.
"I want to thank Gannon University and Athletic Director Lisa Goddard McGuirk
for giving me the opportunity to become the next head baseball coach of the Golden Knights," Cannon said. "Gannon has a phenomenal University and Athletics Department, and I could not be more honored and excited to become a part of that tradition. I can't wait to get to work and compete within one of the best Division II conferences in the country."
Cannon joins Gannon University from Chatham University, where he worked as the head baseball coach since 2019. Cannon helped the Cougars reach new program highs in overall victories and conference wins in 2021. During his second year of coaching, Cannon also helped his team set a new record for highest grade point average in program history with a 3.45 GPA.
The Valencia, Pa., native also worked as head coach of the 17U Pittsburgh Spikes Baseball team since 2019, a premier travel baseball organization in Pittsburgh, Pa. He coached top players from the Western Pennsylvania area throughout his tenure with the Pittsburgh Spikes.
Cannon began his coaching career at Seton Hill University as a full-time assistant baseball coach and recruiting coordinator in 2012. During this time, he helped guide Seton Hill to four straight 40-plus win seasons, including one West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WVIAC) North Division Championship in 2013, two Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Western Division Championships, two PSAC Tournament Championships, seven conference tournament appearances, six NCAA Division II Regional appearances, and a trip to the NCAA World Series in 2014.
Lisa Goddard-McGuirk, Director of Athletics at Gannon, said Cannon will be a great fit for the University. "We are excited to announce David Cannon as our next head baseball coach. He has a demonstrated commitment to excellence and stood out amongst a very talented candidate pool. David's experience as both an assistant and head coach combined with his approach to student-athlete development, and successful recruiting strategies will aid in continuing to elevate our program."
Cannon graduated from Seton Hill University where he received his bachelor's degree in business in 2011 and his Master of Business Administration in 2014.
During his collegiate baseball career at Seton Hill, Cannon was a four-year regular contributor as a pitcher, posting 12 wins over 159 innings. Cannon is ranked fourth in school history with a 3.78 earned run average. He logged 113 career strikeouts in 48 career appearances.
Cannon helped his team secure four straight playoff appearances while on the team, including three NCAA Division II Atlantic Regional Tournament births. He was also part of leading Seton Hill to its first-ever WVIAC Championship in 2010.