coaching staff

Head Coach
Don Morris


Don Morris, a 1962 graduate of Union, started working for Union in January of 1969 as an Admissions Counselor where he served for four years.  Morris then moved to Union’s Financial Aid department where he remained for the remainder of his career.  He worked as a Financial Aid Officer for three years, and then was named the Director of Financial Aid where he served for 23 years.  His final stop was being named the Assistant Vice President of Financial Aid where he served for 13 years.

 

In his 31 years as head coach of the Union University golf team, he led the Bulldogs to nine NAIA National Tournament appearances.  He also won eight conference championships and three district championships.  Morris was named coach of the year on 11 different occasions.

 

Morris received his first job out of college in 1962 as the band director for Chester County High School in Henderson, Tenn.  He worked there until his move back to Union in 1969.  During his time as a student and Union and over the years since then, Morris has served as Minister of Music at the following churches:  Southside Baptist Church (Jackson), First Baptist Church (Henderson), Unity Baptist Church (Lexington), and Westover Baptist Church (Jackson).  He has also served as an Interim Minister of Music in the following churches:  the First Baptist Churches in Alamo, Bells, Bruceton, Newbern, Ripley, and Greenfield.  He is currently a member and deacon at First Baptist Church in Jackson.  Morris is a past president of the Westover Ruritan Club and is a member of the Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity.

 

As a student athlete at Union University, Morris won the Volunteer State Athletic Conference (VSAC) Individual Golf Championship in 1961.  He was named to the Tennessee Collegiate All-State team by finishing in the top six of the Tennessee Intercollegiate Tournament.  Morris helped lead the Bulldogs to a VSAC team championship in 1959.  Along with men’s golf, Morris was a member of the university’s symphonic band and the Alpha Tau Omega social fraternity.  During his time at Union, he also spent time coaching football and basketball teams in the local city park leagues in Jackson.

 

Don Morris Coaching Highlights

-31 Years (1973-1998, 2001-present)
-Coached in nine (9) NAIA National Tournaments (1987-Ind.; 1980-Ind.; 1987-missed cut; 1990-16th; 1994-12th; 1995-14th; 1996-8th; 1997-missed cut
1998-10th )
-Tennessee Collegiate Athletic Conference Championships (8):  1987, '90, '91, '92, '93, .94, '95, '96

-District 24 Championships (3):  1987, 1990, 1994

-Tennessee Intercollegiate Tournament Championships (8): 1985, '89, '90, '91, '93, '94, '95, '98
-General Tournament Championships (12)

-Tennessee Athletic Conference Coach of the Year Award (8):  1989, '90, '91, '92, '93, '94, '95, '96

-NAIA District 24 Coach of the Year Award (3):  1989, 1990, 1994

-Chairman of Western Division of the VSAC (Volunteer State Athletic Conference)

-Chairman for NAIA District 24:  Five Years

 

Professional Activities:
- Member of the Tennessee Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators
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Member of the Southern Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators
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Member of the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators
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Selected as a member of the Tennessee ACT Policy Council (6 years)
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Selected as a member of the Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation (1 year)
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Authored “You Can Attend a Baptist College” for the Education Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, 1982

 

Assistant Coach
Andy Rushing

Phone:  731-661-5333

Email:  arushing@uu.edu

 

Rushing starts a new chapter in his collegiate coaching career as he begins is first season as an assistant coach for the Union men's golf team.  This change comes after 17 seasons as the Union University baseball head coach.

 

Rushing spent 17 seasons as head coach of the Union University Bulldogs. Rushing led his Bulldogs to 11 straight seasons with at least 30 wins. Overall, in Rushing's 17 years as head coach, 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. In the past seven years, Rushing and the Union Bulldogs have participated in four NAIA Region Tournaments.

Rushing has compiled a 21-year 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 (2000), and ABCA Region Coach of the Year (2000).  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 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.

 

 

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