Dr. David Blackstock
Dr. David Blackstock, the current Athletic Director at Union University, will
step back into the coaching ranks once again. For the 2006 season, Blackstock
will take over the softball head coaching position that was vacated by the
resignation of Brian Dunn earlier this season.
“I’m excited to have the opportunity to work with such a great group of young
women,” states Dr. Blackstock. “Coach Dunn has built an unbelievable program
here at Union and I recognize and look forward to the tremendous challenge it
will be to continue the success of Union softball.”
Blackstock has been at Union for 31 years. During those years, he has served
as athletic director, women’s basketball coach, baseball coach, and has taught
classes in the Physical Education, Wellness, and Sport Department.
Union University President, Dr. David S. Dockery states, “David Blackstock is
and has been the face on the Union athletic department for many years. Coach
Blackstock embodies the best of the values of this university and once again he
will have an opportunity to pass those along directly to our student-athletes.”
Dockery goes on to say, “I am grateful for Coach Blackstock's willingness to
provide leadership for the women's softball program. The program is one of the
finest in the nation among NAIA institutions and given Dr Blackstock's success
in the past in baseball and basketball, I have no doubt that the softball
program is in for great days ahead.”
After graduating from Union 1964, he attended Memphis State University where
he earned a Master of Education degree in 1967. He then moved to Hattiesburg,
Mississippi, where he received his doctorate from the University of Southern
Mississippi. Blackstock then returned to Union in 1973 as athletic director and
instructor in the physical education department.
Blackstock took over the baseball program in 1975 where he, along with then
co-head coach Linn Strannak, guided the team to a third place finish in the 1983
NAIA World Series, the only world series appearance for Union. During his 11
years as baseball coach, Blackstock guided Union to a 288-170 (.628).
Blackstock also spent 17 seasons at the helm of the women’s basketball
program at Union, where he compiled a 509-89 overall record, and led his team to
the 1998 NAIA National Championship. Numerous accomplishments have been a part
of his athletics career. Blackstock was named NAIA Coach of the Year in 1998 and
was inducted into the NAIA Hall of Fame in 1999. For his efforts as athletic
director during the 2003-04 season, Blackstock was voted the TranSouth
Conference AD of the Year.
Steven Gream is in his first season as the assistant coach for the Union
softball program. Gream joined Union in August of 2005 when he was named
the new head volleyball coach in addition to his softball duties.
After graduating from Union University in 2000 with a Bachelor of Science
degree in History, Gream has spent five years at his former high school, North
Pemiscot High School in Wardell, Missouri. At North Pemiscot, Gream was the high
school and junior high volleyball coach, as well as, a high school history
teacher. In August of 2004, Gream completed his Masters of Education degree from
Gream has worked with local clubs and leagues in the community to develop new
volleyball programs for young kids, and in doing so, has increased the
participation and quality of volleyball in his area. He also is a member of the
AVCA (American Volleyball Coaches Association).
During his time at Union as a student, Gream was the student assistant coach
for the volleyball team. Over the two seasons with the volleyball team, Union
compiled an overall record of 78-18 with a TranSouth Conference regular season
and tournament championship. Union also participated in two NAIA Region XI
Tournaments, as well as, two appearances in the NCCAA (National Christian
College Athletic Association) National Tournament. In addition to
volleyball, Gream also served as student assistants to softball and basketball
during his time as a student at Union.