Congratulations to our very own Karina Cannon on being a recipient of the inaugural National Fastpitch Coaches Association’s Assistant Coach of the Year Award!
Coach Cannon is receiving this award for this last 2013-14 season/year.
Karina Cannon is beginning her third year as the assistant coach at Odessa College. After two successful seasons assisting Coach Prickett in achieving two Region 5 West Championships, a 5th place finish at the NJCAA National Tournament in 2014 and honored the NJCAA West Region Coaching staff of the year in 2013.
The Australian born national is no stranger to Odessa College as 2003 marked the beginning of her student-athletic career as a Wrangler. Pitching Odessa College to a third-place finish at the NJCAA National Tournament in 2005, she was named NJCAA first team All-American and NFCA third team All-American. She also earned NJCAA all-tournament honors, WJCAA region MVP and WJCAA first team all-conference accolades whilst playing for Coach Prickett.
After accepting a scholarship to the University of Utah she finished with NCAA All Conference, All Tournament Team, Conference MVP and Pitcher of the Year. Once graduating with a Bachelors Degree in exercise and sports science she returned to Australia to begin her 2008 season for the NSW Opens team. The team earned 2 Edebone-Weber Shields, 2 Audrey McLaughlin Cups and 1 National Championship called the 'Gilleys Shield' over three seasons. The team made Australian softball history for collecting all three titles in one year.
In 2009, Karina was selected into the Australian Invitational Team where she was awarded Pitcher of the Series. Karina was a proud representative of the Australian National Team knows as "Aussie Spirit". Fortunate enough to compete in the 2010 ISF World Championships in held in Venezuela, the Canada Cup, and the USA Cup, she also competed in 3 seasons of the Italian Professional Softball League in Italy, winning 1 Italian Championship and a 2nd place finish at the European Championships.
Her coaching career began with the NSW 19/U State team in 2010 under the leadership of Darrin Crisp, Michelle Nancarrow and Sue Pobjie where her enthusiasm to pursue coaching as a career was ignited, the team achieved 3 Australian National Championships in all 3 years she were coaching.
The youngest daughter of Ross and Sue Cannon, sister to Kirsty and loving aunty to Hayley who all still reside in Sydney, Australia. Her family must be recognized as her ultimate support group.