JACKSON, Tenn. - 6/6/2007 - David Canary has been promoted to assistant baseball coach for the Union University Bulldogs. Canary, a former player for Union, has spent the last two seasons as the graduate assistant for the Bulldogs.
“I consider it an honor and privilege to coach college baseball at Union,” states Canary. “I’m looking forward to continuing my work with Coach Fronabarger and building Union’s quality baseball program to even higher achievements.”
Union Athletic Director, Dr. David Blackstock states, “We are excited to have David on board as the full-time assistant baseball coach here at Union. We are very familiar with David from his five years of combined playing and graduate assistant work for our program.” Blackstock adds, “Our young people will greatly benefit from his experience.”
Canary, originally from Cookeville, Tennessee, played two seasons with the Bulldogs (2003-2004) and was also on the coaching staff as a student assistant and graduate assistant (2005-2007). He earned his degree in Sports Management from Union in 2005. Canary is completing a master’s degree in education from Union this summer.
Union University President, Dr. David S. Dockery states that, "David will be a fine addition to our baseball coaching staff. He will bring immediate support for recruiting efforts and will help to strengthen the chemistry of the team and the coherence of the program."
While playing at Union, Canary moved from the starting shortstop position in 2003 to a successful season as a reliever in 2004. Canary’s adjustment made him even more valuable to the Bulldogs in as a senior. He posted a 4-0 record with one save in 21 appearances. Canary transferred to Union after playing two seasons for Johnson County Community College in Kansas.
Union head baseball coach Brent Fronabarger states, “I’m glad we were able to keep him in the program. David is familiar with program; he knows all the players and many of the recruits.” Fronabarger adds, “David has been doing a lot of ‘assistant coach’ duties with field work and recruiting over the last few years, so it should be a smooth transition for all involved.”
Before his college career, Canary was a two-sport athlete at Cookeville High School where he lettered four years in baseball and two years in football.
Canary is the son of Donley and Jenny Canary. His father is the head coach for the University of Tennessee-Martin softball team.
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