A former high school coach and administrator, Dave Canan is entering his 18th year as head coach of the Babson softball team in 2016-17 with a career record of 413-286-1 (.591). During his 17-year tenure, he has resurrected a program that won just seven games in 1999, leading the Beavers to 13 seasons with at least 20 victories, including a trio of 30-plus win campaigns. In addition, he guided the program to its first-ever NEWMAC Championship and NCAA Tournament berth in 2005, its second straight conference title and NCAA Tournament bid in 2006, and an at-large NCAA Tournament bid in 2013. Canan was named the NEWMAC Coach of the Year following the 2006 season.
A graduate of Boston State College and Northeastern University, Canan taught and coached softball and basketball at Masconomet Regional High School for almost 20 years before taking over as athletics director at Newburyport High School in 1994. While at Newburyport, Canan also coached softball for one season, leading the Clippers to a Cape Ann League title and a berth in the Division II state tournament.
In addition to his softball duties, Canan also serves as an assistant coach of Babson's highly successful women's basketball team during the winter. He currently resides in North Reading, Massachusetts.
|2002||25-14||10-6||ECAC Tournament, NEWMAC Tournament|
|2005||38-8||12-4||NCAA Tournament - Babson Park Regional, NEWMAC Tournament Champions|
|2006||35-12||13-3||NCAA Tournament - Babson Park Regional, NEWMAC Tournament Champions|
|2007||27-16-1||10-6||NEWMAC Tournament Finalist|
|2012||25-18||10-6||NEWMAC Tournament Finalist|
|2013||34-14||12-4||NCAA Tournament - Babson Park Regional, NEWMAC Tournament Finalist|
|2017||33-16||12-6||NCAA Tournament - Super Regionals, NEWMAC Tournament Champions|