coaching staff

Year-By-Year Coaching Records

Head Coach
Brent Fronabarger

Phone: 731-661-5489

Brent Fronabarger enters his first season as the new head coach of the Union University Baseball program after eight seasons as the assistant coach. He takes over for Andy Rushing, who resigned after being at the helm for 17 seasons. 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 as assistant coach working mostly with the pitchers. Over the past eight seasons, he has recruited and built pitching staffs that proved to be some of the best in the league over the years. 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 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.

He is married to the former Sandy Cothran.

Assistant Coach
Brian Pepper
Phone: 731-661-5141

Brian Pepper joins Union University in his first season as the assistant baseball coach. Pepper comes to Union after spending the last three years across town as the assistant coach at Jackson State Community College. He received his undergraduate degree in Multi-Disciplinary Studies from Mississippi State University in 1999 and then earned his masters degree in Sports Administration from Mississippi State in 2001.

While at Jackson State, Pepper help lead the Generals a conference title in 2005. The Pepper coached offense led the conference with a team batting average of .343. During his three years at JSCC, he coached 11 All-Conference players, one All-American, and three players selected in the Major League Baseball draft.

Prior to his time at Jackson State, Pepper was the hitting, outfield, and strength/conditioning coach at Tennessee Tech University during the 2002 season. In 2001, while finishing his masters degree, he was a volunteer assistant coach at Vardaman High School (Mississippi) for his father Gregg. Pepper has also served as an instructor for the Doyle Baseball Academy in Winter Haven, Florida.

After his high school career at Houston High School, Pepper was drafted by the Texas Rangers. However, he opted to purse a collegiate career at Mississippi State University. After one season with the Bulldogs, Pepper transferred to Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College and then completed his playing career at Southeast Missouri State University.

Pepper was married to the former Danielle Pyron of Natchez, Mississippi in November of 2005 and they now reside in Jackson, Tennessee.

Graduate Assistant Coach
David Canary

David Canary is in his second season with Union, first as a graduate assistant. He served as student assistant for Union in 2005. Canary, a native of Cookeville, Tennessee, play two seasons with the Bulldogs (2003-2004). He earned his degree in Sports Management from Union in 2005. Canary is now pursuing a masters degree and then hopes to move on to a job coaching baseball.

While playing 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.

Volunteer Assistant Coach
Matt Brunet

Phone: 731-661-5307

Brunet is in his first season as a part of the Union University baseball coaching staff. Brunet currently works for the university as the Wellness and Aquatics Director. He attended Indiana Wesleyan on a baseball scholarship where he received his Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education and General Studies. In 2003, Brunet earned his Master’s degree in Athletic Administration from Wayne State University.

Before his came to Union, Brunet was the former Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach at Division II Wayne State University in Detroit, MI. He is a certified strength and conditioning coach (NSCA), a certified personal trainer (IFPA), and a certified pool operator (NSPF).Brunet enjoys playing sports, working out, and spending time with his new wife, Marie.


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