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.
|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|
|2018||27-16||13-5||NEWMAC Tournament Finalist|