There's no rocking chair yet for Tim Cannon.
The dean of Metro Conference boys basketball coaches, who has been at Omaha Bryan for the past 28 seasons, has been hired at Millard North days after Chip Bahe resigned after 11 seasons to be an assistant at Hastings College.
“I definitely was looking for a job and wanted to coach. I feel I still have a lot of passion for it,” said Cannon, 57. “I looked at some other things, but Millard North was one I knew where I could keep that passion going.”
Cannon, who has been a dean of students at Bryan, is taking early retirement from the Omaha Public Schools. Among his options was staying on at Bryan to be a coach only.
“This is hugely difficult leaving Bryan,” Cannon said Wednesday. “I met with our players Tuesday, and even though I had put in my retirement papers, it was the first time I said I would not be back.
“It still is emotional. It was 28 fantastic years. I can't imagine a better place to work. Our student section, we called the Starting Five, and it was always there for us. Our coaching staff was unbelievable. It was so much fun, and our kids knew the message we were giving them.”
Cannon's career record is 401-289, including 9-15 this past season. It was the Bears' first losing season since 2000-01. They were Class A state runners-up in 2010-11.
Cannon coached Millard North's current principal, Brian Begley, while at Omaha Cathedral for three seasons ending in 1985.
“Millard North is excited to bring coach Cannon to our school,” Begley said. “He is a terrific teacher, coach and leader, and we are happy to have him join the Mustang family.”
Another former Cathedral coach at Millard North who had Begley as a player is football coach Fred Petito.
“Football has been great at Millard North, and all their athletics are solid,” Cannon said. “They've had a sound basketball program, with Chip getting four teams to state, and with 2,500 kids in the building we're getting a lot of good kids to choose from.”
Cannon said he will teach geography at Millard North.
The adjustment from Bryan to Millard North also extends to Cannon's family.
“My wife, Shirley, my three daughters and now our grandchildren come to game after game, sitting behind our bench. We call it the FOC club — Friends of Cannon,” he said. “We look forward to taking that Cannon caravan to Millard North.
“We've had a lot of love for Bryan, and there's a lot of love going to a new place. I'm really glad to be a Mustang.”
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