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
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.
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 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.