Georgia State’s all-time leader in victories, Greg Frady has established an unprecedented pattern of winning within the Panther baseball organization in his 10 seasons at the helm.
Prior to Frady’s arrival, the GSU program had achieved just two winning seasons in its history and had never won more than 31 games in any year. But since he took the reins for the 2007 campaign, he has guided the Panthers to six winning seasons, all with 30 or more wins. Along the way he has steered the program through three different conferences, including Georgia State’s move into the highly-competitive Sun Belt Conference in 2013-14.
The highlight of Frady’s tenure came in 2009, when he guided the Panthers to a school-record 39 victories, capped by Georgia State’s first conference title and NCAA tournament berth.
Under Frady, Georgia State teams have been marked by prolific offense. His 2010 squad led the nation in runs per game and ranked third in batting average, while his 2013 Panthers had the nation’s third-highest batting average, along with top-10 rankings in scoring, doubles, slugging and on-base percentage. In 2014, Georgia State ranked fourth in the nation in home runs and second in homers per game.
His program has produced three All-Americans, four Freshman All-Americans, three preseason All-Americans, four Academic All-Americans and 42 all-conference or all-rookie honorees. In the last four years alone, eight different Panthers have earned a total of 11 All-America awards.
Another milestone for the program came in 2014 when former Panther pitcher David Buchanan, recruited and coached by Frady, made his Major League debut with the Philadelphia Phillies. Buchanan is Georgia State baseball’s first Major Leaguer, and he is one of seven future big league players Frady has helped develop in the college ranks. More than 100 of his former players have been drafted or signed professional contracts, including five players over the last three years with seniors Nic Wilson and Chase Raffield in 2014, juniors Matt Rose and Nathan Bates in 2015, and senior Joey Roach in 2016.
In 2015, Frady guided the Panthers to the 30-win mark for the sixth time in the last eight years. In addition to featuring one of the nation’s top home run hitters in Rose, the squad set a school record for lowest earned run average for the second time in the last five years. The 2015 squad produced one All-American, one Academic All-American, one Freshman All-American, three first-team all-conference selections, and two juniors drafted in the top 15 rounds.
Frady’s Panthers have held their own against the powerful programs in the state, posting six wins over Georgia Tech and Georgia since 2007, including back-to-back victories over the Bulldogs in 2013-14.
GSU student-athletes have excelled in the classroom under Frady, maintaining a team grade-point average of better than 3.0. For the 2015-16 academic year, the program posted a 3.26 GPA with 63 individuals at 3.0 or better for the fall or spring semesters. Georgia State was one of only two Division I programs with three student-athletes on a 2016 CoSIDA Academic All-District team, and two of them, Joey Roach and Justin Jones, went on to earn Academic All-America status.
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.
Along with his duties at Georgia State, Frady recently completed a highly successful 11-year stint as the head coach of the German National Team, and in 2016, he will be inducted into the German Baseball and Softball Hall of Fame.
In 2013, one of his pupils became the first product of the German baseball system to reach the Major Leagues when Donald Lutz made his debut with the Cincinnati Reds.Two more of Frady's German team members were called up in 2015 in Max Keppler (Minnesota Twins) and Aaron Altherr (Philadelphia Phillies).
Before being promoted to head coach at Georgia State in the summer of 2006, 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 Central Florida from 1997-2003. The Knights were ranked in the top 25 in each of his seven seasons, and 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 club in 2001.
Before making the move to UCF, Frady spent six seasons as the head coach at North Florida Community College in Madison, Fla., earning 187 victories. During his tenure, the team broke the school record for wins in a season four times in six years. His career collegiate coaching record now stands at 494-374-1 in 16 seasons.
Frady started his coaching career at Columbus State 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.
A total of 10 of Frady’s former players have reached the Major Leagues. In addition to Buchanan and his three former German team standouts, Frady also coached Aaron Fultz (Cleveland Indians, 2000-07), Mike Maroth (St. Louis Cardinals, 2002-07), Clay Timpner (San Francisco Giants, 2008), Esix Snead (New York Mets, 2002, 2004), Matt Fox (Minnesota Twins, 2010), and Drew Butera (currently with the Kansas City Royals).
Frady played collegiately at Troy State 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.
As the head coach of the German National Team from 2004-14, Frady 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. 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.
Frady guided Germany to a fourth-place finish at the 2012 European Championships and to the finals of the World Baseball Classic qualifier. His German squad featured former Panther Eric Suttle, while GSU alumni B.J. Roper-Hubbert and Aeden McQueary-Ennis played for the British team.
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 German’s first time qualifying for the World Cup.
Active in the American Baseball Coaches’ Association (ABCA), Frady is a long-time member of the organization’s Ethics Committee. He was recently honored by the ABCA with a 25-year award. He also is the founder and chair of the Georgia Dugout Club Ethics Committee.
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.
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