Edward F. Cannon Jr '68
Title: Class of 1983

Ed Cannon, your accomplishments on the soccer field and basketball court are among the most memorable in WPI's athletic annals, for not only did you gain fame individually and for WPI with your individual feats, you inspired your teammates to reach for and attain their maximum potential.

As a forward on the soccer team, you were not only a great scorer, but the catalyst that enabled your team compile the best four-year record in WPI history. Your teams lost but five of 44 games you played in, and twice you led the team to the ultimate in team recognition - an invitation to play in the NCAA Championship Tournament. As a capstone to your career, you were named an All-American in both the 1967 and 1968 seasons, when just 33 players, regardless of division, received that honor across the country.

Your abilities as an inspirational team leader were also evident in basketball where as a guard, you led WPI to one of its greatest victories ever, a championship game win over Division II powerhouse Assumption in the Worcester Holiday Tournament in 1967. Again you rose to the occasion and were rewarded with All-Tournament honors.

Your exceptional involvement in athletics and constant pursuit of excellence has continued since your graduation from WPI. Today, as the assistant athletic director and highly-successful soccer coach at St. Anselms College, you are widely recognized leader in intercollegiate athletics in New England.

Ed Cannon, it is with great pride that we induct you into the WPI Athletic Hall of Fame as a charter member.