Union University

Union University Athletic Department
1050 Union University Drive Jackson, TN 38305
Division 2 Tennessee Southeast
Private Small Competitive team


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Mackenzie Sher

Mackenzie Sher was named the fifth head coach of the Union University softball program in August fo 2018. Sher comes to Union after splitting four seasons as an assistant coach at the University of Southern Mississippi and Mississippi College. Her career record at Union is 30-25 (0.545).

Sher is in her second season as head coach at Union.

Sher led Union to their second ever Gulf South Conference Championship since 2015. She also led the Lady Bulldogs to a No. 9 ranking, the highest region ranking for Union softball. Her team appeared in the South Region Rankings for two consecutive weeks for the first time in program history. The 2019 team also set a Union record with 46 home runs on the season.

Sher was the assistant coach in 2017 and 2018 at fellow Gulf South Conference school Mississippi College. Her duties were primarily to coach the hitters, outfielders, and catchers. In 2018, the team stats increased in extra base hits, batting averaging, slugging percentage, and on-base percentage, while also reducing total strikeouts. Her players earned numerous weekly and postseason honors. In 2017 at Mississippi College, she helped lead the softball team to the GSC Tournament title and an appearance in the the NCAA DII South Region Tournament. Her team was ranked nationally and again received numerous weekly and postseason honors.

Before her two years at Mississippi College, Sher spent two years as an assistant coach at her alma mater, Southern Mississippi. She helped lead one of the most dramatic turnarounds in Southern Mississippi softball history, posting the first winning season for the Golden Eagles since 2004. Again, she coached the hitters and catchers, seeing increases in offensive stats, while also setting school records for fewest passed balls and fewest stolen bases against.

Sher graduated with a degree in psychology from Southern Mississippi in 2014 after starting behind the plate for four seasons with the Golden Eagles. She also earned a Master's of Science Degree in Sports Management from USM in 2016.

Sher finished her playing career ranked in the top-10 in school history in home runs (4th), sacrifice flies (4th), putouts (6th), fielding percentage (6th), and total chances (9th). She was named Academic All-Conference USA twice, only the second USM softball player to earn the award more than once. She also earned the 2014 Southern Miss Outstanding Female GPA Award. Sher earned the Conference USA Commissioner's Academic Medal and Honor Roll all four years.

In addition to her playing and coaching highlights, Sher was honored to be the guest speaker at the 8-Under Little League World Series Opening Ceremonies and the Louisiana High School Coaches Association in 2016. She earned the USM Staff Council Award in 2015, Spirit of Service Award in 2014, and the Conference USA Jim Castaneda Postgraduate Scholarship Award in 2014.

Sher is a native of Bellaire, Texas where she graduated in 2010 from Bellaire High School. She is the daughter of Michael and Janet Sher.

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Paige Murray

Paige Murray was named assistant coach for the Union University softball program in December 2018. Murray comes to Union after spending the fall of 2018 as the assistant coach at Caldwell Parish High School.

In addition to her time as a high school assistant coach, Murray coached the Bullet NELA 12U and 14U travel ball teams in the fall of 2018. She also worked as a pitching coach to 7-14 year-olds from 2012 through 2018.

Murray is a graduate of the University of Louisiana at Monroe. She earned a B.S. degree in mathematics in 2017 and then followed up with a B.S. degree in computer science in 2018.

Murray played four years at the NCAA D1 level at Louisiana-Monroe. She was named to the Commissioner's List and Academic Honor Roll. Murray tossed a perfect game in 2016 versus Gambling State and a complete game shutout against Abilene Christian to send her team to the 2017 NISC Region title game. She tossed 185 innings as a senior with the lowest number of walks per seven innings on the team.

Murray prepped at S&S Consolidated High School where she graduated in 2014. She was a four-year starter in softball and earned two letters in volleyball. Murray was named first team all-district pitcher and academic all-district all four years. She was also named academic all-state. She set a school record for strikeouts by a freshman with 197 and holds the season strikeout record with 237. As a senior, she also hit .600 at the plate.

The Texas native, Murray, is the wife of Garrett Murray and the daughter of Rick and Holly Porter.

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Matt Brunet

Dr. Matt Brunet returned to the sidelines as assistant coach for the Union University softball for the second time in his career September of 2018. Brunett was also an assistant coach for the softball program for the 2013 and 2014 seasons.

Brunet is no stranger to Union. He joined the staff in 2004 as the Director of Wellness Services and served that position until 2012. He completed his Ed.D in Higher Education Administration in 2010 from Union University. In 2012, he became a member of the Union faculty as an Assistant Professor of Sport Management where he continues in that role. He has also served as a strength and conditioning coach for the Union athletic programs.

In addition to his work at Union, Brunet spent the 2015 and 2016 seasons as head coach at Trinity Christian Academy in Jackson.

In 2008, Brunet was named the Union University Staff Member of the Year. In 2006, Brunet served one season as a volunteer assistant coach for the Union baseball program.

Brunet received his masters degree in sport management from Wayne State University in 2003. He is a 2002 graduate of Indiana Wesleyan University where he played baseball for three seasons. While at Wayne State, Brunet worked as the Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach from 2002-03.

Brunet and his wife Marie live in Jackson with their two children, Maddox and Madelyn.

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Maddi Welch

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