Cannon takes coaching spot at EA

Published 3:43 pm Thursday, January 19, 2012

The new baseball coach at Escambia Academy near Atmore may be familiar to athletes around the Brewton and East Brewton area.

Mickey Cannon served as a coach at W.S. Neal High School in East Brewton and held a coaching and faculty position at Jefferson Davis Community College on both the Brewton and Atmore campuses.

Cannon said he is looking forward to the “class operation” he hopes to run at the Canoe campus of Escambia Academy.

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Cannon, who met with the players of the Cougars’ team for the first time this week, conveyed a messageof “class” to the players during the first team meeting he held.

In his meeting with the team, Cannon spoke about his experience, practice schedule and how he wanted his players to conduct themselves.

The latter he said is the type of program he wants to run.

“I want this to program to be a class operation,” he said. “From what I’ve heard this team is full of class, so I don’t think that will be a problem.”

Cannon’s hiring was announced Sunday evening with the Cougars bringing one of its former coaches out of retirement.

The new head baseball coach brings 41-years of experience to the program including stops at Ernest Ward High School, Fort Walton Beach High School and Escambia County High School and Escambia Academy. He won a state championship with ECHS in 1989.

In speaking of his return to EA, Cannon said he’s excited about forming bonds with his players and helping them extend their knowledge of the game.

“Feels great,” he said. “As I told the kids, I’ve been retired going on two years and I really didn’t have much to do other than some honey-do things. I missed the relationships I have with the kids, and when I was called and offered this opportunity, my wife told me to take it. I’m really looking forward to working with these kids and teaching them the correct way to play baseball. Hopefully, we’ll win some games.”

During his meeting with his players, Cannon laid out his strategy for practice, so they would know what to expect when they take the field Thursday.

Giving them the run down allows him to move forward and not have to take step backwards, he said.

“Well, I think it’s important with anything you do that you have to set the groundwork and let each player know what is expected of them,” he said. “If they understand that then you can go forward with other things without having to stop practice.”

With practice beginning Thursday and the season a little more than a month away, Cannon is looking forward to being out on the diamond.

Coaching again with players to mold is one thing he is looking forward to, he said.

“I think the most exciting thing for me is just being able to get back out on the baseball field again with those young men,” he said.