Named to Seattle’s coaching staff on February 4, 2010, Canales entered the NFL after one season as USC’s offensive administrative assistant in 2009. He was promoted to wide receivers coach prior to the 2015 season after the retirement of Kippy Brown.
Canales leads a group of wide receivers that were instrumental in winning Super Bowl XLVIII, the 2014 NFC Championship and appearing in five-consecutive postseasons. He prides himself on the toughness and “whatever it takes” mentality that the group has shared with the offense, team, organization and the 12s.
He was an assistant strength coach and video assistant at USC in 2009, the year the Trojans played in the Emerald Bowl.
He came to USC from El Camino (Calif.) College, where he was the tight ends coach and special teams coordinator, coaching quarterbacks in his final season (2006-08). The Warriors football team won the California Community College State Championship in 2006 and won the Mission Conference twice during his tenure.
While coaching at El Camino College, Canales forged an invaluable relationship with Pete Carroll and the USC staff through working as a part-time coach at the annual Pete Carroll football camps.
Canales began his career as the head frosh/soph football coach and offensive coordinator at his alma mater Carson High from 2004-05. The Colts won the Marine League championship both seasons.
He played wide receiver at Azusa Pacific University from 1999-2003 and was a two-time captain. He earned his degree in business administration in 2003.
Canales was a three-sport athlete at Carson High playing football, baseball and track. He was recognized as a scholar-athlete with a 4.08 GPA.
Born on May 7, 1981, in Harbor City, Calif., David and his wife, Lizzy, have three children, Ashby, Benjamin and Beatrice.