Euless Trinity girls basketball coach Sue Cannon, who announced her retirement last week, is a self-professed perfectionist. In case you need convincing, consider what popped to her mind first when asked about her most memorable moments in 31 years at Trinity.
“We’ve only had two losing seasons since I’ve been here,” Cannon said after pondering a while.
The answer quietly illustrates her commitment to excellence — the reality that those two losing seasons remain a smudge in the icing of an otherwise beautiful cake.
Cannon will leave her job with 1,117 wins and as a member of the Texas Girls Coaches Association Hall of Fame, to which she was inducted in 2014. She has spent 46 years coaching the game she loves, but figures now is the time to move on.
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I want to do some traveling I haven’t been able to do. I want to play golf. I want to get in shape. I feel like I don’t work out enough. I want to live a long time and I want to be healthy. I want to enjoy my ‘golden years’ as they say. I want to enjoy my friends and my adorable little Yorkie-Bentley.
- Sue Cannon
“It wasn’t one thing,” she said. “I had been thinking about it, really, since basketball season was over. It’s the first time I’ve really thought about it.”
It’s the third notable retirement in recent years for the HEB school district. Trinity football coach Steve Lineweaver and former L.D. Bell volleyball coach Vickie Griffin stepped away from their longtime positions, and Cannon admits Griffin had an influence on her decision, often telling her how nice it is to swim in her pool and walk the dog.
“The job is very time consuming if it’s done right,” Cannon said. “I want to do some traveling I haven’t been able to do. I want to play golf. I want to get in shape. I feel like I don’t work out enough. I want to live a long time and I want to be healthy. I want to enjoy my ‘golden years’ as they say. I want to enjoy my friends and my adorable little Yorkie-Bentley.”
Though walking away from the job, Cannon won’t be walking away from Trinity.
“I’m definitely going to keep up with it,” she said. “I live just five miles up the street. I’m definitely going to come watch the sports and be a fan in the stands and not be stressed. I certainly plan on watching all of the sports play, like I have the past 19 years I’ve been the athletic coordinator.”
The news of Cannon’s retirement spread quickly and feedback was almost immediate. Less than 24 hours after sending her official email, Cannon’s inbox was flooded.
“I’ve never seen so many emails in my life,” she mused.
The swift outpouring is no accident. Cannon has worked tirelessly to make Trinity the best it can be. She would even sell concessions when the stand didn’t have enough volunteers.
“I put so much of myself into this job with coaching basketball and wanting it to be successful every year, and then wanting Trinity High School to have the best athletic department in the state,” she said. “And I feel like we do. I feel like we have incredible coaches that do an awesome job.”
People who played for her, coached under her or otherwise worked with her will remember her for different reasons, but Cannon hopes all them recall one thing in common about her.
“The passion and dedication I had for the job,” she said. “In both coaching and the coordinating job; being a perfectionist and always trying to do things the right way.”