David CanaryAssistant Coach
Union University '05
9th season at JCCC
David Canary returned to his alma mater in 2008 to serve as an assistant coach for the JCCC baseball team. Canary, who played middle infield for coach Shelley during the 2001 and 2002 seasons, will serve his 10th campaign as the Cavaliers first base coach in 2017. He will also handle the infielders and hitting instruction, and serve as a recruiting coordinator.
In his nine seasons as an assistant coach, Canary has been instrumental to the success of the program that has racked up amazing numbers during his time on board. Canary has been a part of six 40-win seasons and one 50-win campaign, three KJCCC Eastern Division Championships, three KJCCC runner-up finishes, two Region VI titles and two NJCAA JUCO World Series appearances. Also in his nine seasons, Canary has coached five All-Americans, one Rawlings Big Stick Award winner, one Rawlings Gold Glove winner, 17 all-region and 78 all-conference performers. Also since joining the staff, not only has the program developed into one of the most feared offenses in the country, but also he has helped build JCCC into a powerhouse on the diamond and in the classroom. The Cavaliers have been ranked in both baseball and academics for nine consecutive seasons.
In the 2016 fall semester, 81 percent of the roster produced a grade point average of 3.0 or higher, most in the athletic department. In 2015, 81 percent had a 3.0 as well, second among the JCCC sports teams. Nationally, 26 student-athletes have been recognized for academic achievement by the NJCAA since he joined the staff, including seven last year.
In his first campaign, Canary helped guide the Cavaliers to its best season in the team’s history. The Cavaliers won 41 games, won a Region VI title, and earned a berth to the NJCAA JUCO World Series, the first for the program. At the plate, the Cavaliers ranked among the top hitting clubs in the country. Canary played a vital role in the turnaround season of Doug Otto, helping him go from a .231 average as a freshman to over .400 and a conference MVP and first-team All-America selection his sophomore campaign. Canary also coached all-conference outfielders John Lenherr and Parker Amos.
In 2009, Canary helped JCCC to another 40-win campaign with 43, the highest total in Shelley’s 22 seasons at JCCC. The Cavaliers also posted a runner-up finish in the KJCCC, and earned a Region VI Championship berth. Under Canary’s tutelage, the Cavaliers posted a team batting average of .356, which led the Jayhawk Conference and ranked ninth in the NJCAA. In addition, John Lenherr was selected as an All-American and received the Rawlings Big Stick Award for the top batting average in the Central District. Additionally, Canary coached five all-conference and two All-Region VI selections in 2009.
In 2010, Canary again helped guide the team to another school record campaign. The 2010 team finished with a 44-14 record, which ranks as the fourth-best season win total in JCCC baseball history, and best since 1986. The team also captured a Region VI Championship berth and a KJCCC Eastern Division Championship, the first since 1984. The 2010 team finished 12th in the country in the final NJCAA poll and fourth nationally academically with a grade point average of 3.32. Their fourth-place showing is the highest the Cavaliers have finished in the NJCAA Academic Poll.
Also in 2010, Canary coached one of the top hitting teams in the NJCAA. As a team, the Cavaliers posted a .362 batting average, which again led the Jayhawk Conference and ranked 13th nationally. Individually, Davis Morgan was selected as an All-American after posting an average of .442 with 22 home runs and 92 RBI. Those numbers ranked tied for 30th, tied for fifth and third in the nation respectively. Also, seven of JCCC’s 11 players who garnered all-conference honors were position players. He also coached two All-Region VI performers.
In 2011, the Cavaliers hit .330 as a team, but were one of the nations best on the base paths. Canary mentored the No. 2, No. 3 and No. 30 national stolen base leaders, and the team swiped a team record 263. The Cavalier’s finished 33-26 and was one of only 13 junior colleges to appear in the first five NJCAA polls. They qualified for their fifth straight Region VI Championship and lost in the super regional championship game. The 2011 team was again one of the top academic teams in the country, finishing thirteenth in the NJCAA with a team grade point average of 3.12.
In 2012, the Cavalier’s finished 40-18 and was once again ranked in the national polls. This marked the 5th consecutive season that the Cavalier’s have been ranked nationally and that is the longest streak in school history. They qualified for their sixth straight Region VI Championship and lost in back to back years in the super regional championship game. The 2012 team also captured the KJCCC Eastern Division Championship, which makes them conference champs two out of the last three years. The 2012 team was again one of the top academic teams in the country, finishing 7th, with a team grade point average of a 3.26. This marked the fifth straight season that the team has been ranked in both baseball and academics.
The 2014 season proved to be one of the greatest in the program’s history. Johnson County posted a school record mark of 50-14, captured the East Jayhawk Conference and Region VI titles, finished ranked fourth in the final NJCAA Coaches Poll and made the program’s second appearance at the NJCCA JUCO World Series in Grand Junction, Colo. The season also produced one All-American, two All-Region VI and a record 12 All-East Jayhawk Conference performers.
In 2015, the squad nearly matched that win total, finishing 49-11 overall and ranked eighth in the final NJCAA poll. The Cavaliers were also one the top power-hitting teams in the nation, finishing third with 106 team home runs. Individually, JCCC had two players in the top 10 in home runs. Anthony Miller was second with a school record 26 home runs, and Ben Calvano was sixth with 19. The season also produced a record 13 all-conference performers, and four All-Region VI selections.
Last season the Cavaliers finished 46-19 overall and appeared in the NJCAA national ranking is six of the seven polls. The Cavaliers were again among the top hitting team nationally. Johnson County ranked 17th in hits, 21st in doubles and 27th in home runs. Additionally, 10 players received All-East Jayhawk Conference recognition.
While new to the Cavaliers staff in 2008, Canary was not a stranger to coaching at the collegiate level. He joined the staff after serving three years as an assistant for Union University in Jackson, Tenn. Canary served as a hitting coach and recruiting coordinator for the Bulldogs. In his three seasons on staff, Canary helped the Bulldogs post back-to-back 30-win seasons in 2006 and 2007, and hit collectively .299 as a team over those three years. The 2006 squad belted 607 hits, hit .312 overall and earned a spot in the NAIA Region XI Tournament. Additionally, Canary helped foster the career of Jud Powers, who earned NAIA All-America accolades following the 2006 campaign. Canary also helped coach 11 all-conference players, three Rawlings Gold Glove winners and two all-region selections.
Prior to beginning his coaching career, Canary played two seasons at Union. As a junior in 2003, Canary was the Bulldogs’ staring shortstop. He played in 51 games, 48 as a starter. He collected 27 hits with five doubles, a triple and 14 runs batted in. His senior year, Canary was moved to the bullpen where he became a successful reliever for the Bulldogs in 2004. He posted a 4-0 record with one save in 21 appearances. Canary threw just over 35 innings and had an earned run average of 5.80.
Canary began his collegiate playing career at JCCC. In his two seasons, Canary ripped 52 hits with four doubles, a triple, a home run and 21 RBI. He also scored 74 runs and stole 19 bases. His sophomore season, Canary was second on the team with 14 steals, and led the squad with eight sacrifices. His eight sacrifices tie the sixth highest season mark in team history.
Before his college career, Canary was a two-sport athlete at Cookeville (Tenn.) High School where he lettered four years in baseball and two in football.
Canary earned his bachelor’s degree in sports management from Union University in 2005, and his master’s degree in education in 2007.