YellowJackets News · John Cann Awarded Highest National Honor with NFHS Citation



INDIANAPOLIS, IN (November 29, 2018) — The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) will award NFHS Citations to eight high school athletic directors December 17 in San Antonio, Texas, during luncheon festivities at the 49th annual National Athletic Directors Conference sponsored jointly by the NFHS and the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA).

NFHS Citations are presented annually to outstanding athletic directors in recognition of contributions to interscholastic athletics at the local, state and national levels. State associations nominate athletic directors for NFHS Citations, and the NFHS Board of Directors approves recipients.

This year’s award winners are Anthony Amero, CMAA, athletic administrator, Forest Hils School, Jackman, Maine; John Cann, CAA, athletic director, T. L. Hanna High School, Anderson, South Carolina; Ray Moore, CMAA, retired athletic director, Vista Murrieta High School, Murrieta, California; Michael Morris, CMAA, executive director, Illinois Athletic Directors Association, LaGrange, Illinois; Scott Nordi, CAA, athletic director, Lakes High School, Lakewood, Washington; Cliff Odenwald, CAA, executive athletic director, Garland Independent School District, Garland, Texas; Joshua Scott, CMAA, director of athletics, Springfield Public Schools, Springfield, Missouri; and Robert Stratton, retired athletic administrator, Glen Allen, Virginia.

John Cann, CAA Anderson, South Carolina

John Cann, CAA, has spent nearly three decades in education in South Carolina, becoming one of the most respected athletic administrators in the state. He is currently the athletic director of T.L. Hanna High School in Anderson, South Carolina.

Cann began his career in education in 1984 as a teacher and football coach at Greenwood High School and a graduate assistant football coach at Furman University. After eight years in the construction industry, Cann returned to teaching and coaching full time in 1994. In 2001, Cann was named the head football coach at Landrum High School and, in 2002, became the school’s athletic director.

During his 13 years at Landrum, Cann helped with the design and construction of a new Landrum High School, which included athletic facilities. While serving as athletic director at Landrum, the school won 13 state championships.

Since 2013, Cann has been athletic director at T.L. Hanna High School, where he has directed more than $13.5 million in construction of new athletic facilities, including artificial turf on the football, baseball and softball fields; a new eight-lane track; a state-of-the-art multi-use facility currently under construction as well as a new field house with weight room, training room, meeting rooms and locker rooms.

Cann has served the South Carolina Athletic Administrators Association (SCAAA) extensively, including 10 years on the SCAAA board and a year as president in 2012. He currently serves as the state vendor coordinator for the SCAAA/SCHSL Spring Athletic Conference, a role he has held the past six years.

Also, at the state level, Cann was a South Carolina Football Coaches Association board member from 2002 to 2007, and served on the Realignment Committee of the South Carolina High School League in 2008.

Among his honors, Cann is a four-time region athletic director of the year and the South Carolina Athletic Coaches Association state athletic director of the year in 2012. In 2017, the same organization presented him with the Charles Arthur Stewart Athletic Administrator Award.

About the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS)

The NFHS, based in Indianapolis, Indiana, is the national leadership organization for high school sports and performing arts activities. Since 1920, the NFHS has led the development of education-based interscholastic sports and performing arts activities that help students succeed in their lives. The NFHS sets direction for the future by building awareness and support, improving the participation experience, establishing consistent standards and rules for competition, and helping those who oversee high school sports and activities. The NFHS writes playing rules for 16 sports for boys and girls at the high school level. Through its 50 member state associations and the District of Columbia, the NFHS reaches more than 19,500 high schools and 12 million participants in high school activity programs, including almost 8 million in high school sports. As the recognized national authority on interscholastic activity programs, the NFHS conducts national meetings; sanctions interstate events; offers online publications and services for high school coaches and officials; sponsors professional organizations for high school coaches, officials, speech and debate coaches, and music adjudicators; serves as the national source for interscholastic coach training; and serves as a national information resource of interscholastic athletics and activities. For more information, visit the NFHS website at