Alan Cannon is beginning his 33rd year of service
with the Texas A&M athletic department and his 24th as the school's sports
Cannon served as the school's sports information director
from March of 1989 until April of 1999 when he was promoted to assistant
athletic director for media relations. In
September of 2003 he was promoted to associate athletic director for
media relations. He is responsible for all 20 men's and women's sports while
focusing on football.
A 1984 marketing graduate of Texas A&M, Cannon began his
career in sports information as a high school intern at SMU under the tutelage
of Bob Condron and Maxey Parrish. Condron recently retired as the director of
media services for the U.S. Olympic Committee and Parrish is currently a
professor at Baylor University after serving as the SID at Baylor for many
Cannon was a walkon baseball player at Texas A&M in 1981
under Head Coach Tom Chandler. He also served as a student assistant in the SID
office for four years with his main responsibility as the baseball SID for
Coach Chandler and Coach Mark Johnson, the two winningest baseball coaches in
Aggie history. He was hired as an assistant SID in 1985 and served in that
capacity until being named the sports information director at Texas A&M in
March of 1989.
He served as basketball SID for legendary Aggie coach Shelby
Metcalf from 1985-89 and had the pleasure of competing in the NIT and NCAA
Championships. The 50-yearold has served as the host of several conference and
NCAA championships and has worked with several bowl games. He is a past
president of the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association and was the
1999 winner of the prestigious Wilbur Snypp Award presented by the
organization. He is also a member of the College Sports Information Directors
of America (CoSIDA), Texas Sports Writers Association and the Football Writers
Association of America. He was honored by the All-American Football Foundation
with the Scoop Hudgens Lifetime Sports Information Director Award in 1999.
Cannon was selected by his peers to serve in the officer
rotation of CoSIDA. He served as the organization's president in 2002-03.
Cannon, the son of Bob and LaJoyce Cannon of Dallas, is married to the former
Kaye Miller of Bryan. Kaye is a kindergarten teacher at College Hills
Elementary in College Station. The couple has two beautiful daughters named
Katie (17) and Macie (13).