Enos Completes Coaching Staff with Barry, Cannon
Courtesy: Tim Fitzgerald/CMU Athletics
CMU head coach Dan Enos has completed his coaching staff with the hires of Butch Barry and Kirby Cannon.
MOUNT PLEASANT - Central Michigan head football coach Dan Enos has completed his coaching staff with the hires of Butch Barry and Kirby Cannon.

Barry will coach the Chippewas' tight ends, while Cannon will be responsible for the secondary.

Enos also announced that Plas Presnell will remain with the program in his role as director of football operations.

"We're pleased to have Butch joining our football program," Enos said. "As a former player here, it's evident that he has a passion for Central Michigan University. He will be an outstanding resource for us as a coach, as a recruiter and as a bridge to the past players and coaches who have helped build this program.

"Kirby is an individual I have a tremendous amount of respect for as a person and as a coach," Enos added. "Both our staff and our players will benefit from the experiences he has had as both a head coach and a defensive coordinator."

Barry returns to his alma mater after spending the 2009 season as the offensive coordinator, recruiting coordinator and offensive line coach at North Greenville University. The Crusaders ranked sixth nationally in sacks allowed (nine sacks in 10 games) last season.

Barry spent the 2006-08 seasons at Michigan Tech, coaching the offensive line for three seasons and adding the responsibilities of offensive coordinator for his final two seasons. In three seasons, Barry worked directly with four All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference first-team selections and a total of 10 All-GLIAC honorees.

A 2001 graduate of CMU, Barry was a five-year member of the football program who earned three varsity letters as an offensive lineman and was named to the Academic All-Mid-American Conference team in 2000. He served as a graduate assistant at CMU for the 2002 and 2003 seasons before being named the offensive line coach at Southwest Minnesota State, where he spent the 2004 and 2005 seasons.

Cannon has been the head coach at Missouri S&T for the past 11 seasons. 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, 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. In 1993, he added the duties of defensive coordinator.

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

CMU is scheduled to begin spring practice March 18. The annual spring football game will be April 17.