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Georgia State’s Greg Frady Named European Coach of the Year

FROM CBD NEWS SOURCE

GregFradyGaStateATLANTA – Georgia State baseball coach Greg Frady, who also heads up the German National Team will be announced as the European Baseball Coach of the Year this weekend in Cologne, Germany.

Frady will receive the award for the work he did last year with the German Baseball Organization, while helping to develop the game of baseball. On top of that, Frady led the German National team to a third place finish at the European Championship.

The third place finish marked the best finish ever for the Germans and the first time the country had received a medal in the history of the championships.

The Germans opened play with four straight wins, before falling to the defending champions, The Netherlands, to advance to the second stage of three stages.

The Germans only two losses in the championship came to The Netherlands and Italy, who eventually played for the championship title.

Even more special was the fact that the championships were held in Germany, allowing the home fans to enjoy the special occasion.

Frady was named head coach of the team in 2004 and has been building it into an Olympic contender ever since. The team finished second at the World Baseball Challenge last summer, a tournament that included a 6-3 win over the United States. Two years ago, the Germans fell just two games shy of qualifying for the Beijing Olympics.

Frady is currently preparing his Georgia State team for the upcoming 2011 season. Fall practice ended a few weeks ago and the team will return to practice in January. The season opener takes place in Panthersville on Feb. 18 against Texas Southern at 6 p.m.