By John L. Pitts
FULTON – Sean Cannon was introduced as Itawamba Community College’s new head football coach on Tuesday.
ICC athletic director Carrie Ball-Williamson took a different perspective on the promotion of the Indians’ defensive coordinator, who’s a Calhoun City native.
“I’ll call him our next coach, because he’s not new,” she said at a morning press conference. “We feel he’s going to do great things.”
Beyond the promotion, Cannon had a very personal reason to be happy.
“My wife, Julia, said, ‘I’m just glad we don’t have to move.”
Cannon, 39, was named interim coach earlier this month after Jon Williams left to join the Southern Miss football staff. The ICC board approved removing the interim tag on Monday night.
Cannon has been on the Indians’ staff for four seasons.
“I’ve worked with a lot of great coaches,” Cannon said. “A lot of coaches work their whole lives for this kind of opportunity.”
Cannon was on the staff of Delta State – his alma mater – as a defensive line coach when the Statesmen won an NCAA Division II national title in 2000. His resume also includes four seasons at the University of North Alabama under Mark Hudspeth and Terry Bowden.
“We want to bring great people into our organization,” Cannon said. “We want them to leave as better football players, better student and better people.”
Last season, the Indians went 6-4 after a 5-0 start, losing in the MACJC state semifinals. The team went 4-2 in North Division play.
“We’ve been going in the right direction,” Cannon said. “We have a good mix of experienced players returning, except at quarterback. We’ll have four guys battling for the start at QB.”
ICC opens its season Aug. 28 at Copiah-Lincoln.