Aug. 1, 2011
Canning spent six seasons, 2004-07 and 2009-10, on the sidelines with Stone, where she helped the Red Storm to the program's first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance, first-ever ranking (No. 12) in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Poll, and helped recruit the program's first-ever Academic All-Americans. Canning also received St. John's Outstanding Coach Award during the University's Women In Sports Day Awards Dinner in late-February 2011.
"As a St. John's women's soccer family, we are all really happy for Michele," remarked Stone. "We all knew that she would make a tremendous head coach one day. The administration at New York University has made a very smart decision in hiring such a fantastic coach, mentor, and human being. I would personally like to thank Michele for all she has done for all our student-athletes and staff over the years. We wish her and her new program the best of luck in the years to come."
Canning was also responsible for the career, personal and community service outreach of the women's soccer program. Under her guidance, the women's soccer team won the St. John's athletic department's community service award in 2006 and 2011. In 2010-11, the women's soccer team logged more than 300 hours of community service through various local, national and international volunteer programs.
Further bringing a BIG EAST influence to Washington Square, Canning hired Red Storm alumna Nicole Pasciolla to be her assistant coach.
A 2011 graduate, Pasciolla had an illustrious career with the Red Storm, starting 77 of 78 career games as the backbone of the Red Storm midfield and helping St. John's to its first-ever NCAA Tournament in 2009. Excelling both in the classroom and on the pitch, she was a 2010 finalist for the Lowes® Senior CLASS Award, a four-time All-BIG EAST Selection, a 2009 BIG EAST All-Tournament Team selection, a 2010 Third Team CoSIDA ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American, a 2009 First Team CoSIDA ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District honoree and a three-time NSCAA Scholar Athlete All-Region selection. A four-time BIG EAST Academic All-star, she also earned Freshman All-America honors in 2006.