COACHING STAFF

Year-By-Year Coaching Records

Head Coach
Andy Rushing


Andy Rushing is now in his 17th season as head coach of the Union University Bulldogs. In 2004, Rushing led his Bulldogs to their 11th straight season with at least 30 wins. Overall, in Rushing's 16 years as head coach, he had tallied 30-plus wins 14 times and has posted at least 40 wins three times. In his 16 years at Union, Rushing's 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. In the past seven years, Rushing and the Union Bulldogs have participated in four NAIA Region Tournaments.

Rushing has compiled a 20-year coaching record of 635 wins and 432 losses (60%), earning his 600th career win in a win over Martin Methodist during the 2003 season. His 16-year Union record is 553-334 (63%). Rushing was 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 10 years (1994-2002, 2004). He has also served as the region chair since 2000.

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.

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 Huntingdon, Tennessee, is now in his eighth 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 was named the AFLAC Assistant Coach of the Year in 2003 selected by Scholastic's Coach and Athletic Director Magazine.

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 addition 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 maintenance for the baseball, softball, and soccer fields. Union continues to host numerous softball and baseball tournaments yearly because of the reputation and good condition of the facilities and playing surfaces.

He is married to the former Sandy Cothran.

Student Assistant Coach
David Canary

David Canary is in his first season as a student assistant coach for Union. Canary, a native of Cookeville, Tennessee, play two seasons with the Bulldogs (2003-2004). He is currently finishing his degree in Sports Management and is expected to graduate in May. After graduation, Canary plans to pursue a masters degree and then moved on to a job coaching baseball.

While at Union, Canary moved from the starting shortstop position in 2003 to a successful reliever in 2004. Canary’s adjustment made him even more valuable to the Bulldogs in as a senior. He posted a 4-0 record with one save in 21 appearances. Canary transferred to Union after playing two seasons for Johnson County Community College in Kansas.

Before his college career, Canary was a two-sport athlete at Cookeville High School where he lettered four years in baseball and two years in football.

Canary is the son of Donley and Jenny Canary.

 

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