Bruns takes on Union baseball head coaching position

Union A.D. and now head baseball coach Michael Bruns pictured in 2021. NORTH TAMA TELEGRAPH FILE PHOTO

The Union high school baseball program will be sporting a familiar face in a new role this season with Activities Director Michael Bruns taking on the head coach position.

Bruns, a 2008 Union graduate who lettered in baseball for the Knights, was hired in June of 2021 as the district’s Activities Director/At Risk Coordinator.

Prior to Union, Bruns coached baseball for seven years at Calamus-Wheatland Community School District where he was also A.D. He played both baseball and football at South Dakota’s Wesleyan University before transferring to Ashford University where he played baseball as both an outfielder and pitcher.

Union played its season opener at home against Benton Community last Wednesday, May 17, dropping to the Bobcats 14-1. Senior Ty Lorenzen batted in the lone Knights run.

The Knights (0-1) have a full schedule this week including AGWSR at home on Tuesday, Sumner-Fredericksburg on the road Thursday, back at home against Dike-New Hartford on Friday, and then the Council Bluffs Thomas Jefferson Yellow Jackets in a Saturday road game in Rippey beginning at 2 p.m.

Thank you to the Union Booster Club for the following coach spotlight.


I was fortunate to learn and benefit from great coaches while in high school at Union. I love being able to give back and hope I can offer similar guidance to those on the team.


MacKenzie (wife) and three children – Evan (6), Jackson (4), and Colbie. Dogs – Spark and Ember. I enjoy hunting, fishing, and being with family.


My favorite memory, so far, has been engaging with the kids and observing them as they put in the work and gain experience.