Euless Trinity girls basketball coach Sue Cannon announced on Thursday her retirement from the game she spent more than half her life on.
Cannon, 69, spent the past 31 of 46 years coaching basketball at Trinity and finished with 1,117 career wins. She was also the athletic coordinator for the past 19 years.
Last season, Cannon won her 1,100th game in a 56-28 win over Home School Athletic Association on Nov. 22. Trinity went on to win a district championship and finished 27-6. The Trojans have made four-straight playoff appearances and 15 of the past 18 years.
“I woke up and decided that 46 years of never having a summer off - I just decided it was time,” Cannon told The Dallas Morning News. “I am going to play a lot of golf, I am going to do some traveling that I haven't had an opportunity to do.”
Cannon grew up in North Carolina and was a graduate assistant at the University of North Carolina where she called legendary Tar Heels coach Dean Smith a mentor. In 1973, she was given the reins of the UNC women’s team.
A year later, Smith moved to Texas and took a position at Bishop Byrne High School in Port Arthur. In 1976, Cannon moved to West Orange Stark, where she spent a decade at and advanced to the playoffs each year.
Cannon, who was head coach at Trinity since 1986, was inducted to the Texas Girls Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2014.