In seven seasons as head coach, Greg Frady has established an unprecedented pattern of winning within the Georgia State baseball organization. Since he was named head coach in June 2006, he has worked to build the GSU program in every area and now has the Panthers poised for a successful transition into the Sun Belt Conference in 2013-14.
Georgia State’s eighth head coach, Frady boasts the highest winning percentage of any coach in school history (.568) with a 228-173-1 record. 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 seven seasons at the helm, Frady has led the Panthers to five winning seasons, all with 33 or more victories. 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.
The highlight of Frady’s tenure came in 2009, when he guided the Panthers to a school-record 39 victories, capped by the Colonial Athletic Association title and the school’s first 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 have the nation’s third-highest batting average, along with top-10 rankings in scoring, doubles, slugging and on-base percentage.
His program has produced three Freshman All-Americans, one Academic All-American and 34 all-conference or all-rookie honorees.
Frady’s Panthers have held their own against the powerful programs in the state, posting five wins over Georgia Tech and Georgia since 2007.
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 also serves as the head coach of the German National Team. 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.
In the college ranks, Frady has helped develop six future Major Leaguers, while more than 100 of his former players have been drafted or signed professional contracts.
With the move to the Sun Belt Conference approaching, 2013 was a year of transition for the Georgia State program, but it proved to be one of Frady’s most satisfying campaigns as he molded a very inexperienced roster into a 35-win club. He steered a freshman-laden team that was unable to compete in the conference tournament due to CAA policy through a challenging schedule while overcoming several key injuries.
The 2013 Panthers achieved the third-highest win total in school history with a 35-21 record, including a 14-13 mark in the CAA in a year in which the league had three NCAA teams. That mark, earned while playing 15 road games against 12 home dates, would have qualified GSU for the conference tournament for the fourth time in five years had the Panthers been allowed to compete.
Frady turned an inexperienced lineup into one of the nation’s most productive offenses as the Panthers ranked third in the nation in batting average and fifth in runs per game. Of the 12 position players who regularly saw action in 2013, seven were in their first year in the program, including three talented freshmen starters who combined for more than 500 at-bats. Two of the five veteran hitters were lost to season-ending injuries midway through the year.
Frady and his staff secured a recruiting class for 2012-13 that produced two Freshman All-Americans in outfielder Josh Merrigan, who was also named CAA Rookie of the Year, and pitcher-infielder Matt Rose, as well as five all-conference or all-rookie selections in Merrigan, Rose, shortstop Chad Prain, designated hitter Chase Raffield, and catcher Joey Roach. Sophomore third baseman Caden Bailey also earned all-conference honors, while senior catcher Scott Sarratt became the GSU baseball program’s first Academic All-American.
On March 5, 2013, Frady earned his 200th victory at Georgia State in the Panthers’ 7-6 win over Boston College.
In 2012, Frady led a rebuilding Panther squad to 24 victories 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 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.
In 2011, Frady guided the Panthers to the Colonial Athletic Association Championship tournament for the third straight year, 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 its 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.
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. The Panthers picked up a league-high six all-conference accolades in 2011, including Rob Lind, Mark Micowski and Brandon Williams on the All-CAA first team.
The year after graduating 12 seniors, Frady led the 2010 squad to 34 wins, at the time 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 (10.5 per game) and sacrifice flies and ranked third with a .355 batting average.
Individually, Frady oversaw Mark Micowski and Brandon Williams as they shattered several season marks while graduating arguably the best player in the history of the program and his first-ever signee, Bradley Logan. Logan left 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 415-285-1.
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, and strikeouts. 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 squad opened the season with eight straight victories, which matched the school record for longest winning streak set during the 2000 season.
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. He also earned CAA Scholar-Athlete of the Year accolades in both 2007 and 2008. During Mimeault’s senior year, he flirted with batting .400 most of the 2009 season, finishing the year with a .398 average.
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. He is currently pitching at the AA level in the Philadelphia Phillies organization.
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.
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