JACKSON, Tenn. - 1/6/2012 - Andy Rushing has been named head coach for the new Union University women’s golf program slated to begin competition in the fall of 2012. Rushing, in his 24th year at Union, is currently in his seventh season as the head coach for the men’s golf team and was also the head baseball coach at Union for 17 seasons.
“I am excited about the prospects of starting a new women’s golf program here at Union,” Rushing said. “It will be a great challenge to be competitive in the Gulf South Conference, but with all that Union has to offer, we can make that happen.”
Rushing has been a lifelong Jackson native, graduating from North Side High School and Union University. He has coached and taught his entire career in the city of Jackson, both at the high school and college levels. This will be the second time in Rushing’s career that he has been shouldered with the opportunity to start a program from scratch. In 1985, Rushing started the modern era of Lambuth football, the first season of football since 1947. He has been a conference champion and coach of the year in three different sports (football, baseball and men's golf).
Dr. Jerry Tidwell, the Senior Vice President for University Relations at Union is looking forward to Rushing leading this new program. “It is with great excitement and confidence that we announce Andy Rushing as head coach of our new women’s golf team at Union University,” Tidwell said. “We believe Andy will bring the same level of excellence and success to women’s golf that has marked our men’s golf program. At this critical time of transition from NAIA to NCAA Division II for Union athletics, Andy’s tenure at Union along with his love for student-athletes will serve us well.”
The Union women’s golf program will begin playing in the fall of 2012, the first year Union will be competing in the Gulf South Conference of NCAA DII.
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Andy Rushing Bio:
In his six years as head coach for the men’s team, Rushing's golf teams have captured four TranSouth Conference titles (2006, 2008, 2010, 2011), including a trip to the 2010 and 2011 NAIA National Tournaments.
Rushing has earned four TranSouth Conference Men’s Golf Coach of the Year awards (2006, 2008, 2010, 2011).
Rushing spent 17 seasons as head coach of the Union baseball program and led his Bulldogs to 11 straight seasons with at least 30 wins. Overall, 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. From 1999 through 2005, Rushing led the Union Bulldogs to four of the seven NAIA Region XI Tournaments.
Rushing compiled a 21-year baseball coaching record of 664 wins and 460 losses (60%), earning his 600th career win in a victory 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 twice (2000, 2002), and ABCA Region Coach of the Year twice (2000, 2002). He led the Bulldogs to two conference championships and one conference co-championship, participated in five district tournaments, and six regional tournaments. He served as Chairman of the Conference Baseball Committee for ten 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, where he coached baseball, basketball and football from 1976-84. There, he won a pair of district championships and compiled a baseball record of 59-34. Rushing then turned his attention to the collegiate level by serving as head coach for four years at Lambuth from 1985-89. 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. In 1985, Rushing started the modern era of Lambuth football from scratch. It was the first season of football at Lambuth since 1947.
As a player at Union, Rushing was named the Most Valuable Player in 1976 while batting .378 and earning 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 graduating Union and then heading to Memphis State University, where he received a masters degree in 1980. Rushing is also a 1972 graduate of Jackson North Side High School.
In addition to his coaching duties, Rushing has also been teaching in the Physical Education, Wellness and Sport Department at Union since 1989. He is also a Red Cross certified first aid instructor.
He is married to Susan (Clark) of Jackson and has three children, Amy, Jennifer and Kelly.
Related Item(s): Coach Rushing's interview with WBBJ's Adam Wells (www.wbbjtv.com)
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