A former high school coach and administrator, Dave Canan is currently in his 15th year as head coach of the Babson softball team with a career record of 345-232-1 (.598). During his 14-year tenure, he has resurrected a program that won just seven games in 1999, leading the Beavers to 11 seasons with at least 20 victories, including a trio of 30-plus win campaigns. In addition, he guided the program to its first-ever NEWMAC Championship and NCAA Tournament berth in 2005, its second straight conference title and NCAA Tournament bid in 2006, and an at-large NCAA Tournament bid in 2013. Canan was named the NEWMAC Coach of the Year following the 2006 season.
A graduate of Boston State College and Northeastern University, Canan taught and coached softball and basketball at Masconomet Regional High School for almost 20 years before taking over as athletics director at Newburyport High School in 1994. While at Newburyport, Canan also coached softball for one season, leading the Clippers to a Cape Ann League title and a berth in the Division II state tournament.
In addition to his softball duties, Canan also serves as an assistant coach of Babson's highly successful women's basketball team during the winter. He currently resides in North Reading, Massachusetts.
Bevere is now in her 11th season as the head coach of the Middlebury softball team, leading the team into the NESCAC Tournament for the five of the past six seasons. In her first season in 2007, the Panthers were much-improved with a 20-win season and an overall record of 21-12. In 2011, Bevere was named the NESCAC Coach of the Year, leading the team to its first NESCAC Championship and NCAA Tournament appearance with a record of 30-8.
The team has enjoyed 20-plus win seasons over five of the last six years, with a 26-11 mark in 2013. Bevere owns a career record of 208-132 over 10 seasons as the team's head coach, recording her 200th victory on April 19, 2016. She also serves as the school’s Director of Compliance.
All 22 of the school’s single-season and career hitting records have come under Bevere’s tutelage, as well as all 10 pitching records. Many of the school marks are held by standouts Jessica Hoffman and Jessica Poracky, who graduated in the spring of 2013 owning nearly all of the school’s records.
Bevere, who earned a degree in psychology from Middlebury in 1999, has spent a significant amount of time coaching at the college. Following her graduation, Bevere remained on campus as a graduate assistant basketball coach for the 1999-2000 season.
She attended Suffolk University Law School and earned her law degree in 2003. Bevere returned to Middlebury in the fall of 2003 to work as an assistant dean of the college and residential systems coordinator. She also served as an assistant women’s basketball for 11 years.
Prior to arriving at Middlebury, Bevere was a two-sport standout at Bishop Guertin High School in Nashua, New Hampshire. She was a four-year starter and All-State selection on both the softball and basketball teams, and was inducted into the school’s hall of fame in 2002. Bevere was interested in playing softball at Middlebury, but the school did not field a varsity team until the spring of 1998.
During her four years on the basketball team at Middlebury, the Panthers sported a 76-27 record, including an ECAC Championship in 1997. The team also earned two bids to the NCAA Tournament in 1996 and 1998, while taking part in the 1999 ECAC tourney. She played in 102 games at Middlebury, scoring 958 points (9.4 ppg), while pulling down 607 rebounds (6.0 rpg).
Jen Lane is an Adjunct Professor of Physical Education at Wesleyan and will be in her 16th season at the helm of the Wesleyan softball program in 2017. She also serves as the co-director of the A+ Athletics Advantage program at Wesleyan.
Lane led the Cardinals to a 21-14 record in 2016. In 2013, she led Wesleyan to the NESCAC tournament for the fifth time in seven years and a 24-12 overall record. That year the Cardinals also won the Little Three title for the second time in program history. In 2010, she led the team to a school-record 24 victories after back-to-back 21-win seasons in 2007 and 2008, and back-to-back NESCAC West titles in 2008 and 2009. The Cardinals captured their first overall NESCAC crown and automatic berth in the NCAA tournament in 2010. For that effort, Lane was named NESCAC Coach of the Year. During the 2008 season, the Cardinals won the NESCAC West title for the first time and earned the right to host the NESCAC championship, where they finished as runners-up. Wesleyan repeated the effort in 2009 and finished second to Tufts once again. The Cardinals also won their first Little Three title in 2008. For her team’s success in 2008, Lane received her first NESCAC honor as Co-Softball Coach of the Year.
During the summer, Lane travels throughout New England, as well as to tournaments in Pennsylvania and Colorado, to assess high-school talent. She is the director of the Cardinal Softball School at Wesleyan, and also instructs at other softball camps in the Northeast. Lane attends the National Fastpitch Coaches’ Association’s annual convention and has achieved the level of 2-star Master Coach through the National Fastpitch Coaches’ College. She is the treasurer of the New England Intercollegiate Softball Coaches Association (NEISCA) and serves on various committees for that organization.
Before coming to Wesleyan in the summer of 2001, Lane coached at her alma mater, NESCAC and Little Three rival Amherst College, while earning her Master's degree in exercise and sports studies at Smith College. In 1999, she was an assistant with the Amherst softball team before moving into a co-head coach position in 2000 and 2001. She was an assistant with the field hockey program at Amherst for two years as well, including the 1999 season when the Purple and White finished as the NCAA Division III national runners-up. During her undergraduate years at Amherst, Lane captained both the softball (1997,1998) and field hockey (1997) teams. As a pitcher, she helped lead the Purple and White to a No. 16 finish in the country her senior year, and was named to the New England Regional All-Tournament Team. A sweeper in field hockey, Lane played in the Division III North-South All-Star game in 1997.
Originally from Hatfield, Mass., Lane was a four-year, three-sport (field hockey, basketball and softball) varsity standout at Smith Academy. She is married to Jimmy Lane, Jr. They have four children: Julia, Andrew, and twins William and Olivia.
COLLEGES THAT ATTENDED LAST YEAR
- Amherst, Bates, Bowdoin, Colby, Hamilton, MIT, Smith, Trinity, Tufts, Union, U.S. Coast Guard, Wellesley, Wheaton