ATLANTA – Georgia State baseball coach Greg Frady, who also heads up the German National Team, was recently announced as the European Baseball Coach of the Year in Cologne, Germany.
Frady received 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.
Germany 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.
Courtesy of Georgia State Athletics
Eric Bynum is Managing Editor here at BaseballdeWorld. He spent three years as an ESL teacher in South Korea, and is now working on his master's degree in history with a focus on baseball and WWII. He has played and/or written about baseball for the past 30 years and is an avid Atlanta Braves fan.