coaching staff

Brian Dunn -Head Coach
Year-By-Year Coaching Records

Brian Dunn begins his sixth season as head volleyball coach at Union University. Since volleyball began at Union in 1998, Dunn has built and maintained a very successful program that has won 78% of its games. Dunn has guided the Lady Bulldog Volleyball program to a 171-48 record over its first five seasons. 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 posted a runner-up finished in the 2001 NCCAA National Tournament. With Coach Dunn's leadership, the Lady Bulldogs have participated in five straight NAIA Region XI Tournament appearances. Dunn recruited and coached the NAIA career kills record holder, Lauren Hayden (3,427 kills from 1998-2001).
In addition to coaching a successful volleyball program, Dunn has led the Lady Bulldogs softball program to a 359-76-1 record over the seven seasons he has been at the helm. Union softball accomplished five straight seasons (1998-2002) with 50-plus wins along with six straight Top 10 rankings in the NAIA. The Lady Dogs have earned five consecutive TranSouth Conference Championships, four conference tournament championships, and have won the NAIA Region Championship four of the last five seasons. Dunn took his squad to their fourth NAIA World Series in five seasons, including three in a row. In 2002, the Lady Bulldogs also captured their second straight NCCAA National Softball Championship.
During his five-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, & 2002 NCCAA National Softball Coach of the Year. He has served as the TranSouth Conference Softball Chairman for the past six years and is currently serving a term as the NAIA Region XI Chair and national rater.
Dunn 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 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 - Assistant Coach

Jennifer Sabourin is now in her third season at Union as an assistant coach and her second season with the women's volleyball team. Sabourin served as the graduate assistant for softball in 2002 and 2003, and then volleyball in 2002. This will be the first season that Sabourin will be a full-time assistant coach. She played the final two years of her college career for Coach Dunn and the Lady Bulldogs national recognized softball program. Sabourin, from West Branch, Iowa, is the daughter of Richard and Tana Sabourin and has two brothers, Jeremiah and Joshua.
Sabourin has just finished her Masters of Arts and Education degree with a Special Education emphasis. 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).

Andrea Darr - Graduate Assistant

Andrea Darr is in her first season as a Union University graduate assistant coach. Darr has spent the past four seasons as an outside hitter for the Lady Bulldogs. She is a native of Swansea, Illinois where she played high school volleyball for Belleville East High School.

While at Union, Darr was a two-time NAIA All-American, NAIA All-Region, and TranSouth All-Conference. She was named to the NCCAA All-American and All-Region team three times. In 2002, Darr was named as the NCCAA MidEast Region Player of the Year.

Year-By-Year Coaching Records

Year Coach Record
2002 Brian Dunn 26-13
2001 Brian Dunn 32-6
2000 Brian Dunn 35-10
1999 Brian Dunn 44-6
1998 Brian Dunn 34-13


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