Alan Cannon is beginning his 35th year of service with the Texas A&M athletic department and his 25th as the school’s sports information director.
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. Condron is the former director of media services for the U.S. Olympic Committee.
Cannon was a walkon baseball player at Texas A&M in 1981 under head coach Tom Chandler, but asked Aggie SID Spec Gammon if he could file pictures and clip articles. After one season on the diamond, Chandler wanted Cannon as his student baseball SID and Chandler’s final season was Cannon’s last as a student assistant in 1984. Cannon was hired as an assistant SID in 1985 and served in that capacity working with the winningest baseball coach in Aggie history, Mark Johnson. Cannon assisted with football, served as the basketball and baseball SID as well as working other sports such as tennis, golf, swimming and diving and softball.
It has been Cannon’s honor to work with the winningest baseball coach in Texas A&M’s history, the winningest basketball coach in school history as well as the winningest coach in SWC history, Shelby Metcalf. Cannon was the SID for the winningest football coach in Aggie history in College Football Hall of Famer R.C. Slocum.
The 52-year-old 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) 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 and was named to the CoSIDA Hall of Fame in June of 2014.
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, a sophomore on the Aggie Dance Team, and Macie, a dancer and a freshman drill team member for the A&M Consolidated Bengal Belles.