High School Sports

Irmo’s Canady stepping away from baseball

Irmo High School baseball
Irmo High School baseball

Longtime Irmo baseball coach Ray Canady is calling it quits after almost 20 years at the school.

Canady will move into an administration role at the school and became the Yellow Jackets’ assistant athletic director. He will continue to coach B team football.

"My intent was to coach for a couple more years but this opportunity came along and I might not get again," Canady said. "It gives me a chance to stay at Irmo. It’s home for me."

Canady said eventually he would like to become an athletic director down the road and this is a good first step.

Canady was a pitcher on Irmo’s 1987 state championship baseball team under late hall of fame coach Strother Sligh. He came to his alma mater in 1994-95 as JV baseball and assistant football coach.

Canady replaced Sligh as head baseball coach in 1999 and just finished his 18h year as head coach. Irmo was 6-14 and missed the playoffs this season. It’s last postseason appearance came in 2012.