JACKSON, Tenn. - 4/20/2011 - Brent Fronabarger, the head baseball coach for the No. 16 Union (Tenn.) University Bulldogs, earned his 200th career coaching victory in the series opener versus Mid-Continent (Ky.) University. Fronabarger is now 202-108-1 in his five-plus seasons at Union.
Fronabarger, a native of Huntingdon, Tenn., began as head coach in 2006. This season, Union has a 32-10 record overall and is tied for first place in the TranSouth with a 14-4 league record. Fronabarger’s team reach as high as No. 7 this season in the NAIA rankings, the highest ranking during his head coaching career. Union has made two straight appearances in the NAIA National Championship Opening Rounds, including a TranSouth Tournament title in 2009.
Last season, Fronabarger led Union to 42 wins, the first time as a head coach to reach the 40-win mark.
Fronabarger received a Bachelor of Science in physical education and health from Union in 1996 and received a Master of Education degree from Union in 1998. He spent his days as the assistant coach working mostly with the pitchers. Fronabarger was named the AFLAC Assistant Coach of the Year in 2003 selected by Scholastic's Coach and Athletic Director Magazine.
After graduating from Union in 1995, Fronabarger returned to his hometown where he helped coach the Huntingdon (Tenn.) High School Mustangs in both football and baseball during the 1996-97 seasons. In 1997, he was hired by Union as the assistant baseball coach and head of grounds. During his eight seasons as an assistant coach, Union baseball posted a win-loss record of 293-146 (.667) with two conference championships and three Region XI Tournament Appearances. The teams boasted three seasons with 40 or more wins.
Fronabarger, the 1995 Tennessee Collegiate Athletic Conference Player of the Year, holds several Union pitching records including 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 an incredible 11-2 record. Fronabarger was drafted out of high school by the Toronto Blue Jays.
In addition to his head coaching duties at Union, Fronabarger teaches in the Physical Education, Wellness, and Sport department. He and his wife Sandy have two sons, Brady and Landry.
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