Brian Dunn begins his eighth season as head softball coach at Union. Last season, Coach Dunn led the Lady Bulldogs to their fourth NAIA World Series appearance in five years and has also won back-to-back NCCAA National Championships in 2001 and 2002.
Coach Dunn has led the Lady Bulldogs softball program to a 359-76 record over the past seven years. Union softball has accomplished five straight seasons with 50-plus wins, including 63 wins in 2001, along with six straight Top 10 rankings in the NAIA. The Lady Dogs have earned five TranSouth Conference Championships, four conference tournament championships, four NAIA Region XI Championships, back-to-back NCCAA National Championships, and four NAIA World Series appearances.
In addition to coaching a top-ranked softball program, Dunn has guided the Lady bulldogs Volleyball program to a 171-48 record over its first five seasons (inaugural season was 1998). In the short five year history, Union’s volleyball program has won two TranSouth regular season championships, one conference tournament championship, and five straight NCCAA MidEast Region Titles. Union also finished runner-up in the 2001 NCCAA National Tournament.
During his seven-year tenure at Union, Dunn has coached 52 all-conference, 39 all-region, 21 All-American, and 21 scholar athlete award winners. Included in that list are six TranSouth Conference Pitchers of the Year, four TranSouth Players of the Year, seven NAIA region Pitchers of the Year, one NAIA National Pitcher of the Year, and one NFCA-NAIA National Catcher of the Year.
Dunn has earned 21 Coach of the Year awards, including being named the 1998, 2001, and 2002 NCCAA National Softball Coach of the Year. He has served as the TranSouth Conference Softball Chairman for he past six years and is currently serving a term as the NAIA Region XI Chair and national rater.
Brian is a 1989 graduate of San Diego State University, where he helped lead the baseball team to a Western Athletic Conference Championship and a Top 25 national ranking. His coaching career began at Riverside High School in Parsons, Tennessee where he led the Lady Panther softball team to their first ever appearance in the state tournament.
Brian Dunn is married to the former Emily Garrett, a 1986 graduate of Union University. They have two daughters, Addison Grace(5) and Ashlee Claire(3).
Jennifer Sabourin is now in her third season at Union as the volleyball/softball assistant coach. This is her first season in the position of full-time assistant. She played the final two years of her college career for Coach Dunn and the Lady Bulldogs. Sabourin, from West Branch, Iowa, is the daughter of Richard and Tana Sabourin and has two brothers, Jeremiah and Joshua.
After spending 2002 and 2003 earning her masters' degree in Hunam Growth and Development, Sabourin accepted an offer to become the volleyball and softball assistant coach. She graduated in 2001 from Union University with a B.S. degree in Physical Education and Health.
In her senior season at Union, Sabourin led the conference in hitting and was selected at the TranSouth Conference Player of the Year, along with being named all-conference, all-region, and all-American. Sabourin helped lead the Lady Bulldogs to a NCCAA National Championship and a third place finish in the NAIA Softball World Series. In her four years of college softball, she led her teams to an overall record of 245-26 while reaching all-American status on the junior college level (NJCCA) and on the senior college level (NAIA and NCCAA).