Tyler Cannon joined the Liberty Baseball staff as an assistant coach in the summer of 2016. Cannon assists in all aspects of the Liberty baseball program, while focusing on the team's infielders and hitters.
An infielder during his playing days, Cannon's work with the Flames' infield has produced the lowest error total and highest fielding percentages over the past two seasons than in any season in the past 15 years.
In Cannon's third season on the Flames staff, Liberty became the first team since 1993 to capture the ASUN title in its first season in the conference and advanced to an NCAA Regional for the first time since 2014. The Flames tied the program record for wins, posting a 43-21 mark. Liberty also finished second in the ASUN regular season standings with a 15-9 mark. Once again, Liberty led a conference in fielding percentage (.976), a percentage point shy of the school record and committed less than one error per game (58 in 64 games). At the plate, the Flames were again among the national leaders in walks and on base percentage.
In addition, catcher Jonathan Embry was selected the 2019 ASUN Player of the Year, voted ASUN Tournament MVP and named to the league's all-conference first team at season's end. The redshirt junior hit .312 and paced the ASUN with 56 runs scored and 59 walks. Embry went on to be drafted in the 10th round of June's Major League Draft by the Tampa Bay Rays.
Cannon also saw sophomore infielder Will Wagner named to the ASUN All-Conference first team in his first full season as the starter at second base.
In 2018, Liberty posted 32-26 overall mark and finished third in its final year in the Big South Conference with a 17-10 record.
Cannon's efforts with the team's infielders yielded new single season program records for fewest errors (48) and fielding percentage (.977). In addition for the second consecutive year, Liberty hitters set a new single season record for bases on balls (356). The Flames also led the Big South in RBI, doubles, triples and walks.
At season's end, Cannon saw outfielder D.J. Artis, catcher/outfielder Tre Todd and third baseman Tyler Galazin named to the all-conference teams. Artis and Todd, went on to be selected in the 2018 MLB Draft. Artis became the highest Liberty draft pick since 2012, when he was taken in the seventh round by the Chicago Cubs.
In his first season with the Flames, he helped guide Liberty to a 33-23 record and a second place finish in the Big South regular season standings with a 16-8 mark in 2017. An infielder in his playing days, Cannon played a key role in the development of the Liberty infield, as the Flames started freshmen at both shortstop and third base.
Following the season, Cannon saw Artis named the 2017 Big South Player of the Year and earn selection to three different All-American teams: Baseball America, National Collegiate Baseball Writers and D1Baseball.com.
Paced by Artis, who led the nation in walks and finished second in on base percentage, the Flames led the Big South in runs scored and on base percentage.
Cannon joined the Liberty coaching staff after two years as an assistant coach at Army. Before his time at West Point, Cannon served as a student assistant coach at his alma mater Virginia, helping the Cavalilers finish as the 2014 National Runner-up.
Cannon helped play a key role in the development of 2016 Patroit League first team shortstop Kris Linder. After two seasons at second base, Linder had a breakthrough season in 2016 for the Black Knights, leading the team with a .315 batting average and 53 hits. He also posted a .430 on base percentage, starting 46 of Army's 48 games.
In 2014 on the staff of his former Head Coach Brian O'Connor at his alma mater Virginia, the Cavaliers posted a 53-16 overall record and a 22-8 mark in ACC play. In addition, Virginia had a stellar 34-4 mark at home.
The Cavaliers hosted the NCAA Charlottesville Regional and Super Regional, before advancing to Omaha for the College World Series.
A two-time All-ACC shortstop and four-year letterwinner at Virginia, Cannon played in a school-record 244 games, starting 238. He started on four NCAA Tournament teams and was the shortstop for the 2009 Cavaliers squad which captured the ACC Championship and advance to the program's first College World Series. Cannon was named to the 2009 All-College World Series Team.
Cannon hit .303 during his time in Charlottesville. He collected 276 hits, which his tied for the second most in school history. The infielder also holds school records with 62 career doubles and 910 at bats. In addition, the former shortstop ranks third in program history with 12 triples and 185 runs scored, fifth with 380 total bases and eighth with 49 stolen bases and 107 walks.
Cannon was selected in the Major League Baseball Draft on two occasions. In 2009, he was the 41stround selection of Pittsburgh Pirates, before returning to Virginia for his senior year. The following year, Cannon was chosen in the 12th round of the 2010 MLB Draft by the Cleveland Indians. He played three seasons in the Indians' farm system, reaching Double-A in 2011. He retired in 2013.
Cannon earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Virginia in 2014. The Pigeon Forge, Tenn., native is married. He and his wife Allison have two daughters, Brooklyn and Savannah.