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.
In addition to his head coaching duties at Union, Fronabarger teaches in the Physical Education, Wellness, and Sport Department.
He is married to the former Sandy Cothran and
the two are expecting their first child in May of 2007.
Brian Pepper joins Union University in his
second 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
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
Graduate Assistant Coach
David Canary is in his third season with
Union, and second 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.