Through six full seasons, Greg Frady has established an unprecedented pattern of winning within the Georgia State baseball organization. Frady was named head coach of the Panthers in June of 2006, becoming the eighth coach in the history of the program. Frady boasts the highest winning percentage of any coach in school history (.558) with a 193-152-1 record, turning the Panthers into national contenders in his six-year tenure. He trails only Mike Hurst, who finished his Panther career in 2006 with 293 career wins, for the most victories in school history.
In his six seasons at the helm, Frady has led the Panthers to four winning seasons, highlighted by a school-record 39 victories in 2009, when he guided GSU to its only conference title and NCAA Tournament berth. To underscore his impact, it is important to note that prior to Frady's arrival, the Panther program had achieved just two winning seasons in its history and had never won more than 31 games in any year.
Prior to the 2012 season, Georgia State was honored as the nation's Most Valuable Program by the National Alliance of College Summer Baseball, indicative of the Panthers' continued offseason success.
After losing 75 percent of its offensive production from the year before to graduation and 70 percent of its innings pitched, Frady led a young Panther squad to 24 victories in 2012 and had the team in postseason contention until the final day of the regular season.
The year included a headline-grabbing, 13-12 walk-off win over Northeastern to open conference play in which GSU stunned the Huskies with 11 straight runs in the final inning - 10 with two outs. The Panthers also scored their fourth upset of a ranked Georgia Tech squad in Frady's tenure by taking down the No. 9 Yellow Jackets at home, 5-4, early in the year.
Frady helped guide a talented group of freshmen standouts along the way, including CAA All-Freshman shortstop Caden Bailey.
In 2011, for the third straight year and fourth time under his tutelage, Frady led the Panthers to the Colonial Athletic Association Championship Tournament, one of only two teams to qualify in each of those three seasons.
In going 37-21 in 2011, the Panthers posted the second-highest winning percentage in school history while recording 30-plus victories for the fourth straight season. GSU also tied a single season record with 17 CAA victories, won a school-record 11 straight games during the year, and posted the school's best home record at 26-7.
Frady's team posted five wins over RPI top-60 teams, including a victory at No. 23 Georgia Tech as well as two wins over CAA champion James Madison in earning GSU's first-ever series win over the Dukes.
Georgia State's pitching staff posted an all-time low 4.29 ERA during the 2011 season, second-best in the CAA and more than two runs lower than the Panthers' 2010 mark.
The 2011 season also saw the departure of Frady's first full signing class, which he helped become the all-time winningest class in the history of the program, with 143 victories over four seasons.
Frady helped the Panthers pick up a league-high six all-conference accolades in 2011, including Rob Lind, Mark Micowski and Brandon Williams' selections on the All-CAA first team.
After graduating 12 seniors, Frady led the 2010 squad to 34 wins, the second most in school history, while watching six players earn All-CAA honors. The 2010 team broke the school records for batting average, slugging percentage, runs scored, hits, doubles, home runs, total bases, RBIs, base on balls, conference wins, conference winning percentage and home winning percentage. The squad sat among the top of the NCAA rankings in several categories during the year, including batting average and slugging percentage. At the end of the season, the Panthers led the nation in runs scored per game and sacrifice flies.
Individually, Frady oversaw Mark Micowski and Brandon Williams as they shattered the runs scored, hits and RBI single-season marks, while graduating arguably the greatest player statistically in the history of the program and his first-ever signee, Bradley Logan. Logan graduated from Georgia State as the winningest player in the history of the program and had 10 career records when he moved on.
Personally, Frady reached the 100-win plateau at Georgia State during the March 6 doubleheader against North Carolina Central. He needed the fewest games of any coach in Panther history to reach that feat.
Frady also reached the 300th win of his career as the Panthers defeated Hofstra on April 9, 2010, 9-2. Before becoming the associate head coach at Georgia State and assistant coach at UCF, Frady was the head coach at North Florida Community College, earning 187 victories. His career collegiate coaching record now stands at 380-255-1.
In 2009, he led the squad to its first CAA Championship and NCAA Regional berth after a school record 39 wins, including a regular-season triumph at third-ranked Georgia Tech.
Five Panthers achieved All-CAA status for the second year in a row. After earning the conference championship, another five Panthers earned all-tournament honors, led by Tournament MOP Bradley Logan.
To go along with the school records for wins, the Panthers shattered the winning percentage mark and established new marks in runs scored, hits, saves, strikeouts, RBI's, games played, at bats, innings pitched and putouts. The squad also finished the regular season and CAA Tournament by tying the then-school record with eight straight wins.
During this 2008 season, Frady led the team to 33 wins, which at the time was the Georgia State record. The 2008 team opened the season with eight straight victories which matched the school record for longest winning streak set during the 2000 season. It also marked the best start to a season in Panther history as the squad won four-game series against both Jackson State and IPFW.
Under Frady's tutelage, Jean-Michel Rochon-Salvas was named to the Brooks Wallace National Player-of-the-Year Preseason Watch List before the start of the season. Logan earned the same honor in 2009. During that same time frame, catcher Marc Mimeault was named to the Johnny Bench Preseason Watch List in both years.
Rochon-Salvas set a new career mark for hits, only to be broken by Logan, and finished his four-year career at State with 267. He also earned CAA Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors for the second straight season and was a national nominee for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award. During Mimeault's senior year, he flirted with batting .400 most of the 2009 season, finishing the year with a .398 average.
Also in 2008, designated hitter Derek Simmons was named All-CAA first team, while Logan and Rochon-Salvas earned second team honors. Chase Childers and Robinson Polanco both earned third team honors.
Simmons became the first Panther to earn back-to-back first-team All-CAA honors in school history, while Ryan Moore and Mimeault earned second team honors in 2009. Aidan Francis and Brandon Williams were both also honored with spots on the third team.
Frady also oversaw the advancement of closer Justin Malone, who earned freshman All-America honors from both Baseball America and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association in 2009 to launch a standout career. Malone excelled as both a starter and reliever, finishing his career with 13 victories and a school-record 14 saves.
Frady's first season at the helm of the Panthers in 2007 was highlighted by the team's second straight appearance in the CAA Championship. The team reeled off six consecutive victories on two separate occasions, and three players earned postseason honors. Luke Gordon became the first Panther to earn first-team All-CAA honors, while Charlie Pelt and Eric Suttle earned second team honors.
Before being promoted to head coach, Frady spent two seasons as the Panthers' associate head coach under Mike Hurst. He helped lead Georgia State to back-to-back conference tournament berths in the Atlantic Sun Conference in 2005 and then the Colonial Athletic Association in 2006.
Prior to joining the Georgia State staff, Frady served as the associate head coach at the University of Central Florida from 1997-2003. The Knights were ranked in the Top 25 in each of his seven seasons. UCF collected six conference championships during that time (three regular season and three tournament). The Knights also made four appearances in the NCAA Tournament and played in two regional finals. He was part of four 40-win teams (1997, 1998, 2000, 2002) and one 50-win team in 2001.
Before making the move to UCF, Frady spent six seasons as the head coach at North Florida Community College in Madison, Fla. During his tenure, the team broke the school record for wins in a season four times in six years. He started his coaching career at Columbus State University in 1988, where he served as an assistant for three seasons. Frady took charge as interim head coach in the summer of 1990, after the Cougars went to the NCAA Division II World Series with a 38-15 record.
Frady has recruited and coached 21 All-Americans, while more than 100 of his former players have been drafted or signed professional contracts, including David Buchanan who was selected in the seventh round of the 2010 MLB Draft. Six of his players have reached the major leagues: Aaron Fultz of the Cleveland Indians (2000-2007), Mike Maroth of the St. Louis Cardinals (2002-2007), Clay Timpner of the San Francisco Giants (2008), Esix Snead, previously with the New York Mets (2002, 2004), Drew Butera (current) and Matt Fox (current), both with the Minnesota Twins.
Frady played collegiately at Troy State University and helped the Trojans reach the Division II World Series twice. In 1986, his team won the national championship and was later named the best Division II team of all-time at the 1997 Division II College World Series.
Frady also currently serves as the head coach of the German National Team. He has won more than 100 games in international competition, and in 2010 he was named European Coach of the Year.
In the spring of 2008, his squad came just two games shy of qualifying for the Beijing Olympics. In 2009, he led the squad to a win over China in the Baseball World Cup, only the second win in the history of the country. That was just over a month after the German team defeated the United States at the World Baseball Challenge in British Columbia and finished in second place.
Most recently, Frady guided Germany to a fourth-place finish at the 2012 European Championships and to the finals of the World Baseball Classic qualifier. That squad featured former Panthers Eric Suttle, B.J. Roper-Hubbert and Aeden McQueary-Ennis.
In 2005, Frady led the German team to the B-Pool Gold Medal and a fourth place finish at the European Championship, earning the team a spot in the 2007 World Cup. The fourth place finish was the highest a German squad had ever placed at the European Championship and marked the first time the Germans qualified for the World Cup.
Frady holds a position on the American Baseball Coaches' Association (ABCA) Ethics Committee and is the founder and chair of the Georgia Dugout Club Ethics Committee. He was recently honored by the ABCA with a 25-year award.
Frady is also very active in the community. He served as Rotary Club president in Madison, Fla., when coaching at North Florida Community College, and continues working through Rotary International as a keynote speaker at numerous events. Frady has a long record of working with chambers of commerce and conducts instructional clinics for coaches and youth baseball players. Additionally, he had an article about recruiting published in a national magazine.
In addition to his post with the German National Team, he has done work with Brazilian Baseball Confederation to help secure equipment and raise awareness of the game in the soccer mecca.
Frady was born in Ellijay, Ga., on Dec. 2, 1962, and graduated from Gilmer High School in 1981. He was named the most valuable player on both the basketball and baseball teams his senior year. In 2006, he was inducted into the Gilmer High School Athletic Hall of Fame.
Frady received his bachelor's degree in education and recreation from Troy State in 1987 and earned a master's degree in administration from Columbus State in 1989.
Greg and his wife Rhonda have been married for 25 years. The couple resides in Gwinnett County and has two children, daughter Bailey, 20, and son Riley, 17.
GREG FRADY YEAR-BY-YEAR
||CAA Tournament berth
||Then-school record 33 wins
||CAA Title, NCAA Regional
||Led nation in runs per game
|GSU (6 yrs.)
||Second most wins in GSU history
|Overall (12 yrs.)
||187 wins at North Florida CC