Dave Canan
Dave Canan
Title: Head Coach
Phone: (781) 239-4619
Email: dcanan@babson.edu

Dave Canan is entering his 19th season as the head softball coach Babson College in 2017-18. The winningest coach in program history, Canan boasts an overall mark of 446-302-1 (.596), and has guided the Beavers to 23 or more victories 12 times, which includes 12 seasons of 30 or more wins. He has led the Beavers to three NEWMAC Tournament titles and four NCAA Tournament appearances, including the program’s first Super Regional berth in 2017.

Under Canan’s leadership, Babson captured its first NEWMAC championship and reached the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 2005 on the way to recording a single-season school-record 38 victories. The Green and White won its second straight conference title and returned to the national tournament in 2006, and earned another NCAA bid after reaching the NEWMAC Tournament final in 2013.

The Beavers went 33-16 last spring and captured the NEWMAC Tournament championship and the NCAA Tournament Babson Regional title as Canan and his assistants were selected as the NFCA New England Coaching Staff of the Year. 

In addition to his softball duties, Canan has served as an assistant women’s basketball coach at Babson since 1998. Now in his 20th year with the program, the Beavers have amassed 366 wins while winning eight NEWMAC titles and making NCAA Tournament appearances.

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.

Season Overall Conference Highlights
2000 11-23 4-12 NEWMAC Tournament
2001 18-17 9-7 NEWMAC Tournament
2002 25-14 10-6 ECAC Tournament, NEWMAC Tournament
2003 18-16 7-9 NEWMAC Tournament
2004 26-18 8-8 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
2008 21-20 9-7 NEWMAC Tournament
2009 20-22 8-8 NEWMAC Tournament
2010 24-15 11-5 NEWMAC Tournament
2011 23-19 9-7 NEWMAC Tournament
2012 25-18 10-6 NEWMAC Tournament Finalist
2013 34-14 12-4 NCAA Tournament - Babson Park Regional, NEWMAC Tournament Finalist
2014 17-21 9-9 NEWMAC Tournament
2015 23-18 9-9 NEWMAC Tournament
2016 28-15 11-7 NEWMAC Tournament
2017 33-16 12-6 NCAA Tournament - Super Regionals, NEWMAC Tournament Champions
2018 27-16 13-5 NEWMAC Tournament Finalist
Totals 473-318-1 186-128 19 Seasons