coaching staff

Year-By-Year Coaching Records

Head Coach
Brent Fronabarger

Phone: 731-661-5489

Brent Fronabarger begins his third season as the head coach of the Union University Baseball program after serving eight seasons (1996-2005) as the assistant coach. He 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. Fronabarger 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.

Last season, Fronabarger led the Bulldogs to a 33-18 record, reaching the 33 win mark for the second straight year. In his two seasons at Union, Fronabarger has accumulated a 66-46 (.589) overall record.

In 2006, Fronabarger's first year as head coach, he led the Union Bulldogs to the NAIA Region XI Tournament, the teams first appearance since the 2002 season. In Fronabarger's first season, Union finished the season 33-28 overall and 10-8 in the conference, good for third place.

After graduating from Union in 1995, Fronabarger returned to his hometown where he helped coach the Huntingdon 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 a 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 is married to the former Sandy Cothran and the two are proud new parents of Brady, born in May of 2007.

Assistant Coach
Joseph Talley
Phone: 731-661-5956

Joseph Talley returns to his Alma Mater as the assistant baseball coach for the Union Bulldogs where he was a four-year starting pitcher. Talley graduated from Union University in 2003 with a BS in physical education and health.

Talley came to Union after spending four seasons (2004-2007) as the assistant baseball coach at the University School of Jackson. While at USJ, Talley helped coach the 2005 State Championship team and also the state runner-up teams of 2006 and 2007.

During Talley’s four years at Union, he helped propel the Bulldogs to heights the program had not seen in recent history. During his final season, he was named an NAIA All-American, NAIA Scholar Athlete, first team All-Region, and first team All-Conference. As a senior, Talley helped lead the team to the TranSouth Regular Season and Tournament Titles, and to the second highest NAIA ranking (#4) in program history. Talley finished his senior campaign with a 10-2 record, 3.78 ERA, 74 strikeouts, and a team-high 81 innings pitched. Over his Union career, Talley compiled an overall record of 25-11.

Talley is a 1998 graduate of Chester County High School were he was named an All-District and All-Region player. He is married to the former Hanna Burke of Jackson.

Graduate Assistant
Joe Grapes

Phone: 731-661-5956

Joe Grapes is in his first season with the Union University baseball program. Grapes has begun graduate work at Union after earning his bachelors degree in Political Science from Cumberland University in 2006.

Between his stops at Cumberland and Union, Grapes spent time in Heath, Ohio were he was the head baseball coach and assistant soccer coach at Licking County Christian Academy during the 2006-07 season.

Grapes spent two seasons at St. Vincent College in Latrobe, Pa. He then transferred to Cumberland where he was named a TranSouth Scholar Athlete in 2005. Grapes was a member of the 2005 Cumberland team that finished fourth in the NAIA World Series and also the 2006 team that posted a runner-up finish in the series.

Grapes, a native of Pataskala, Ohio, prepped at Watkins Memorial High School. He was named All-Conference, Ohio High School Baseball Coaches Association Academic All-Ohio. Grapes also wrestled and played football. He is the son of Ken and Nancy Grapes.


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