FROM CBB NEWS SOURCE
ATLANTA-After leading the Georgia State baseball program to the most successful season in school history, head coach Greg Frady has been rewarded with a five-year contract, Director of Athletics Cheryl L. Levick announced.
In his third season at the helm, Frady led the Panthers to their first Colonial Athletic Association title and first NCAA berth while compiling a school-record 39 victories.
State’s success this spring followed a 33-23 mark in 2008 as Frady presided over the Panthers’ first back-to-back winning seasons. Before his arrival, Georgia State had managed only three winning campaigns and reached the 30-win plateau just once in 29 seasons.
With a three-year record of 98-77, Frady is already the second-winningest coach in Georgia State history.
“Greg has earned this long-term commitment because he is a talented and focused program-builder who has led his student-athletes to success on the field and in the classroom,” said Levick.
“One of the most important elements in building a successful athletics program is hiring and retaining talented staff, especially head coaches. It is clear that Greg is the right person to lead Georgia State baseball, and we look forward to helping him take the program to even higher levels.”
Frady spent two seasons (2004-05) as Georgia State’s associate head coach under Mike Hurst before being elevated to head coach upon Hurst’s retirement.
He came to Georgia State after serving as associate head coach at UCF from 1997-03, during which time the Knights made four NCAA appearances. He previously served six seasons (1991-06) as the head coach at North Florida Community College, and three years as an assistant coach at Columbus State.
“I am very excited about the opportunity to lead our baseball program for the next five years,” said Frady. “I am truly honored and thankful for the opportunity that Athletic Director Cheryl Levick and the Georgia State administration have entrusted to me. This is a wonderful time to be at Georgia State University and I am energized to build on our recent success.”
Frady, 46, also serves as the head coach of the German National Team.
A native of Ellijay, Ga., Frady played collegiately at Troy State University, where he was a member of the Trojans’ 1986 NCAA Division II national championship squad. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Troy in 1987 and added a master’s degree from Columbus State in 1989.
Frady and his wife, Rhonda, have a daughter, Bailey, and a son, Riley.