coaching staff

Year-By-Year Coaching Records

Head Coach
Andy Rushing

Andy Rushing is now in his 16th season as head coach of the Union University Bulldogs. Last season, Rushing lead his Bulldogs to yet another 30-plus win season with a record of 35-19. Without the 13 rain/snow cancellations last season, his win total could have reached the 40 mark for the fourth time in the past six seasons. However, his string of 10 consecutive seasons with at least 30 wins remained intack. In fact, in his 15 years at Union, Rushings win total has dropped below 30 just twice (29 in 1993, 27 in 1989). Rushing, a 1976 graduate of Union University won the TranSouth Conference regular season and tournament titles in 2002, and he also lead his Bulldogs to a TranSouth regular season title in 2000. He had led his team to three straight NAIA Region Tournaments prior to last season. In the past six years, Rushing and the Union Bulldogs have participated in four NAIA Region Tournaments. Last seaosn, Rushing reached yet another career milestone as he passed the 600-win mark for his college coaching career win a 3-2 victory over Martin Methodist on April 19, 2003.

Rushing began his coaching career at South Side High School in Jackson. There he won a pair of district championships and compiled a 59-34 record. Rushing then turned his attention to the collegiate level by serving as head coach for four years at Lambuth College (now University). While at Lambuth, Rushing was named the 1987 TCAC Coach of the Year while leading the Eagles to a school record 27 victories and a first ever playoff appearance.

As a player at Union, Rushing was named the Most Valuable Player in 1976 while batting .378 and earned his third Outstanding Defensive Player award. During his playing career at Union, Rushing played all nine positions, but found his talents best suited the catching spot. Rushing served as Union's team captain for two seasons before heading to Memphis State University where he received a masters degree in 1980.

Rushing has compiled a 19-year coaching record of 604 wins and 410 losses (60%), earning his 600th career win in a win over Martin Methodist during the 2003 season. His 15-year Union record is 520-312 (63%). Rushing has been named TCAC Coach of the Year twice (1987, 1995), NCCAA MidEast Region Coach of the Year (1998), TranSouth Coach of the Year twice (2000, 2002), NAIA Region Coach of the Year (2000), ABCA Region Coach of the Year (2000), and has led the Bulldogs to two conference championship and one conference co-championship, participated in five district tournaments, and six regional tournaments. He served as Chairman of the Conference Baseball Committee for nine years, from 1994 thru 2002, and now again and 2004. He has also served as region chair since 2000.

He is married to the former Susan Clark of Jackson and has three children, Amy, Jennifer, and Kelly.

Assistant Coach
Brent Fronabarger

Brent Fronabarger, a native of Huntindon, Tennessee, is now in his seventh season as assistant coach for the Bulldogs. Fronabarger spent the 1996-97 season at Huntingdon High School where he helped coach the Mustangs in both football and baseball. Fronabarger, a 1996 graduate of Union University, has coached the Union pitchers and has continued the Bulldog tradition of good pitching, not only in the conference but nation wide.

Fronabarger, the 1995 Tennessee Collegiate Athletic Conference Player of the Year, holds the school records for Most Victories in a Season (13), Most Victories in a Career (33), Most Strikeouts in a Career (306), and Most Innings in a Season (117.2). In 1995, Fronabarger led the team with the lowest earned run average (1.97) and had a incredible 11-2 record. Fronabarger was drafted out of high school by the Toronto Blue Jays.

Brent received a Bachelor of Science in physical education and health from Union in 1995 and received a Master of Education degree from Union in 1998. In addtion to this duties as the baseball assistant coach, Fronabarger is responsible for much of the recruiting of pitchers. He also is in charge of all field maintainance for the baseball, softball, and soccer fields. Union continues to host numerous softball and baseball tournaments yearly because of the reputaion and good condition of the facilities and playing surfaces.

He is married to the former Sandy Cothran.

Graduate Assistant Coach
Chuck Cooper

Chuck Cooper, now in his third season as part of the Bulldog coaching staff. He joined up with Union in the summer of 2001 as he helped with the summer camps. That summer position transformed into a position as a graduate assistant coach as he is currently enrolled in graduate classes at Union in Education.

Cooper is a 2001 graduate of Freed-Hardeman University Cum Laude with a major in Physical Education and a minor in Biology. He lettered three years in baseball as a catcher and was a student assistant coach for one season. In 1997, Cooper graduated from Oxford High School in Oxford, Mississippi where he lettered in baseball, football, and track.

In June of 2001, Chuck married the former Dawn Holmes of Jackson and they currently reside in Jackson.

Graduate Assistant Coach
Jeff Wyatt

Jeff Wyatt is in his second season with the Bulldogs as a graduate assistant coach. Wyatt is from Jackson where he followed up his high school days at South Side High School with a very successfull college career at Union.

During his senior season in 2002, Wyatt was named the TranSouth Conference Player of the Year and the NAIA Region XI Player of the Year. He was also named as a second team NAIA All-American. Wyatt holds 10 season and career records from this time at Union. A few include most hits in career (316), doubles in a season (26), runs batted in for a career (249), and total bases in a career (556). While at Union, Wyatt helped lead the Bulldogs to three straight NAIA Region XI Tournament and Two TranSouth Conference Championships.

At South Side, Wyatt was a three sport star in baseball, golf, and cross country. He helped lead South Side to three district titles and was named All-District, Best Offensive Player, District MVP, and All-Region.



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