Year-By-Year Coaching Records
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
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.
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 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.