In eight seasons as head coach, Greg Frady has established an unprecedented pattern of winning within the Georgia State baseball organization. Named the Panthers’ eighth head coach in June 2006, Frady boasts the highest winning percentage of any coach in school history.
With a 253-204-1 record (.553), Frady trails only Mike Hurst, who finished his Panther career in 2006 with 293 career wins, for the most victories by a Georgia State head coach.
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 in 2007, he has guided the Panthers to five winning seasons, all with 33 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, three freshman All-Americans, three presason All-Americans, one academic All-American and 37 all-conference or all-rookie honorees. In the last two years alone, six different Panthers have earned some type of All-America recognition.
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 2014 seniors Nic Wilson and Chase Raffield.
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 the last two years.
GSU student-athletes have excelled in the classroom under Frady, maintaining a team grade point average of better than 3.0.
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.
Frady’s 2014 club featured All-America seasons by Wilson and Raffield, who each posted numbers that stand among the best in school history. Wilson, who was drafted in the 24th round by the Tampa Bay Rays, ranked fourth in the nation with 18 home runs, while Raffield, a 37th-round selection by the St. Louis Cardinals, belted 14 homers and sported a .368 batting average. Sophomore Matt Rose added 11 long-balls, making Georgia State one of just two schools in the nation with three or more players in double-digit homers. With that powerful trio, Georgia State hit 60 homers as a team, good for fourth in the nation.
Wilson, Raffield and sophomore catcher Joey Roach were first-team all-conference selections.
The 2014 Panthers faced the most challenging schedule in school history in Georgia State’s first year in the Sun Belt, which was highlighted by an impressive victory at College World Series participant Ole Miss and a second consecutive win over Georgia. During the season, Georgia State played six conference champions or No. 1 NCAA tournament seeds, and the Panthers played half their schedule against teams ranked in the final RPI top 100.
The 2013 season was a year of transition for the Georgia State program, but the final season in the CAA 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, which featured three NCAA teams. That mark 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 fourth in runs per game.
The potent Georgia State lineup produced two All-Americans in Raffield and Chad Prain, who was among the nation’s leading hitters for most of the season, as well as two freshman All-Americans and the first Academic All-American in school history. The Panthers also boasted five all-conference or all-rookie selections as well as the league’s Rookie of the Year.
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.
In 2011, Frady guided the Panthers to the CAA 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 conference victories, won a school-record 11 straight games during the year, and posted the school’s best home record at 26-7.
Georgia State’s pitching staff posted an all-time low 4.29 ERA during the 2011 season, second-best in the conference 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 on the All-CAA first team.
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. At season’s end, he Panthers led the nation in runs scored (10.5 per game) and sacrifice flies and ranked third with a .355 batting average.
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.
Frady reached the 100-win plateau at Georgia State March 6 against North Carolina Central. He needed the fewest games of any coach in Panther history to reach that feat.
Following the 2010 season, right-handed pitcher David Buchanan became Georgia State’s highest draft pick with his selection in the seventh round by the Philadelphia Phillies.
In 2009, Frady led Georgia State to its most successful season ever with the Panthers’ first CAA Championship and NCAA Regional berth after a school-record 39 wins, including a regular-season triumph at No. 3 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 MVP Bradley Logan.
To go along with the school records for wins, the Panthers shattered the winning percentage mark and established new standards for 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 team opened the season with eight straight victories, which matched the school record for longest winning streak.
Under Frady’s tutelage, Jean-Michel Rochon-Salvas set a new Georgia State mark for career hits, only to be broken by Logan. He also earned CAA Scholar-Athlete of the Year accolades in both 2007 and 2008.
Frady also oversaw the advancement of closer Justin Malone, who earned Freshman All-America honors 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. Luke Gordon became the first Panther to earn first-team All-CAA honors, while Charlie Pelt and Eric Suttle received 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.
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 440-316-1.
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.
In addition to Buchanan and his former German team standout Lutz, six of Frady’s former college 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), Matt Fox (Minnesota Twins, 2010), and Drew Butera (currently with the Los Angeles Dodgers).
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, Frady 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.
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 and current chair 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 served as Rotary Club president in Madison, Fla., while coaching at North Florida, and he continues working through Rotary International as a keynote speaker at numerous events. 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.
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