Lorenzo Canalis continues to build upon his legacy as one of the top coaches in a school that has enjoyed tremendous success in women's soccer.
Berry went 16-3 and 7-0 in Southern Athletic Association in 2014. The Vikings earned the SAA regular season championship. Canalis was named the SAA Women's Soccer Coach of the Year. It was his second straight year winning the honor. His 2013 team went 16-4 and 6-1 in the SAA.
The winningest coach in school history, Canalis’s teams have posted a 282-101-28 record over 18 seasons. Canalis has been coaching on the intercollegiate level for 30+ years and has compiled a 341-140-34 record overall record as a women's coach.
During his time at Berry, Canalis has won one Georgia Athletic Conference title, six TranSouth Conference titles, and five NAIA Regional Championships. He has also led Berry to seven NAIA National Tournament appearances. In 1997, the Vikings earned a third place finish at the NAIA National Tournament. Canalis has won numerous coaching awards, including Mid-South Region Coach of the Year in 1996 and 1998, NAIA Region XIII and NSCAA Southeast Region Coach of the Year in 2004, to go with six TranSouth Conference Coach of the Year awards (1996-1999 and 2001-2002). In 2008, the last year of NAIA membership, Canalis’ squad reached the final 16 of the NAIA National Tournament.
Canalis came to Berry after serving as the head women’s soccer coach and director of athletics at St. Andrews Presbyterian College in Laurinburg, N.C. St. Andrews’ men’s coach from 1985-90, Canalis started the women’s soccer program at the school in 1988, coaching both teams simultaneously until 1990. From 1991-95, he took on duties as the school’s AD, which he held until leaving for Berry in 1995.
Prior to his stint at St. Andrews, Canalis was the head men’s soccer coach at Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Canalis has also been active in promoting and teaching women's soccer on many levels. In addition to coordinating youth soccer camps on the Berry campus each summer, he is the Technical Director and a coach at the YMCA Arsenal SC in Rome, Ga., was a coach for the U-18 Georgia Olympic Development team and an NAIA Regional Chair for women's soccer. He is a past president of the NAIA Women's Soccer Coaches Association.
A native of Torino, Italy, Canalis holds an NSCAA Advanced National Coaching diploma, and he earned a bachelor of science degree in accounting from Mount Mercy College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He earned a master's degree in sport science and management from the United States Sports Academy, and he currently teaches in the physical education department at Berry.
He has been happily married for 37 years, and has two children, four grandchildren, three dogs, a cat, and a five chickens.