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Kirby Cannon
Courtesy: CMU Athletic Communications
Release: 01/05/2012

Kirby Cannon is entering his third season as Central Michigan's secondary coach in 2012.

CMU's top three tacklers in 2011 all were defensive backs: Jahleel Addae (107), Avery Cunningham (79) and John Carr (67). Addae ranked eighth in the Mid-American Conference in tackles and tied for the MAC lead in interceptions (four) to earn All-MAC first team accolades. He became the first CMU defensive back since 2001 to earn All-MAC first team honors.

Both Addae and Vince Agnew were named to the all-conference third team in 2010. Addae ranked third among his teammates in tackles (80), while Agnew was fifth on the team in tackles (73) and led the Chippewas in pass breakups (six).

Cannon had been the head coach at Missouri S&T for 11 seasons prior to coming to CMU. He was named Great Lakes Football Conference Coach of the Year in 2008 after leading the Miners to their first conference title since 1983.

He also was named the Independent Football Alliance Coach of the Year in 2005.

Cannon led Missouri S&T to a winning record three times in his final five seasons. The Miners' 7-4 record in 2005 marked the first winning season since 1985 for the program. A 6-5 record in 2006 completed the first back-to-back winning seasons for the program since 1984-85.

The 2008 squad that won the Great Lakes Football Conference led the league in total offense and ranked 12th nationally, averaging 449.5 yards per game. The Miners also ranked 13th nationally in scoring in 2008, averaging 37.1 points per game.

A 1981 graduate of Missouri State, with a bachelor's of science degree in physical education, Cannon began his college coaching career as a graduate assistant at Iowa State in 1983. He was at Iowa State for two seasons before being named defensive coordinator at North Central in 1985. He also coached the defensive backs at North Central from 1985-88.

Cannon moved on to Truman State in 1989, where he served as the defensive backs coach and recruiting coordinator for four seasons. He added the duties of defensive coordinator for the 1993 and 1994 campaigns.

Truman State made three Division II playoffs appearances during his six seasons on staff.

In 1995, Cannon was named assistant head coach, defensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator at Northern Michigan. He worked directly with the defensive backs both seasons, and he served on the same staff as Enos in 1996. Northern Michigan finished 7-3 in both 1995 and 1996.

Cannon spent the 1997-98 seasons coaching defensive backs at Western Illinois. He helped lead the program to back-to-back Gateway Conference championships and a berth in the 1998 Division I-AA national semifinals. Western Illinois finished both the 1997 and 1998 seasons ranked in the top three nationally in the Division I-AA polls.

Cannon and his wife, Lisa, are the parents of one son, Josh.

The Cannon File
1983-1984 Iowa State University Graduate Assistant  
1985-1988 North Central University Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Backs  
1989-1992 Truman State University Defensive Backs/Recruiting Coordinator  
1993-1994 Truman State University Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Backs/Recruiting Coordinator  
1995-1996 Northern Michigan University Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator/Recruiting Coordinator  
1997-1998 Western Illinois University Defensive Backs  
1999-2009 Missouri S&T Head Coach 35-86
2010-Present Central Michigan University Secondary