Rushing is now in his third season as the head coach
of the Union University golf team. Last season, Rushing led his group to
the 2008 TranSouth Conference Tournament Title. This marked the
second conference title for Union in the past three years (2006, 2008).
Prior to his golf coaching duties, Rushing was a very
successful baseball coach for 17 seasons at Union.
In 2006, Rushing had a big impact as the assistant
golf coach in helping lead the team to their first conference title
since 1996 and a third place Region XI Tournament finish. Rushing also
help boost Cole Floyd to the individual title at the region tournament
to send a Union participant to the NAIA National Tournament for the
first time since a team appearance in 1998.
Rushing spent 17 seasons as head coach of the Union
baseball program. Rushing led his Bulldogs to 11 straight seasons with
at least 30 wins. Overall, he had tallied 30-plus wins 14 times and
posted at least 40 wins three times. In his 17 years at Union, Rushing's
win total has dropped below 30 just three times (29 in 1993 & 2005, 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.
From 1999 through 2005, Rushing led the Union Bulldogs to four of the
seven NAIA Region XI Tournaments.
Rushing compiled a 21-year
baseball coaching record of 664 wins and 460 losses (60%), earning his
600th career win in a win over Martin Methodist during the 2003 season.
His 17-year Union record is 582-362 (62%). 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 twice (2000, 2002), and ABCA Region Coach of the Year
twice (2000, 2002). He 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 also
served as the region chair from 2000-2005.
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 graduating Union and then 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.