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Wilson, Raffield Selected in MLB Draft

Georgia State All-Americans Nic Wilson and Chase Raffield were selected Saturday in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.

Wilson, the Panthers' senior first baseman from Decatur, Ga., was drafted in the 24th round by the Tampa Bay Rays, while Raffield, the senior outfielder from Cochran, Ga., went in the 37th round to the St. Louis Cardinals.

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Greg Frady

 

Head Coach

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.

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Willie Stewart

 

Assistant Coach

A former Division I head coach at UNC Asheville, Willie Stewart enters his fourth season at Georgia State after being elevated to assistant head coach in August 2014.

Stewart will continue to serve as Georgia State's hitting coach, a role in which he has presided over impressive offensive production the last two years.

Last spring, Georgia State belted 60 home runs, ranking second in the nation in homers per game, and GSU was one of only two schools in the nation with three players in double-digit home runs. Nic Wilson, who was fourth in the nation with 18 home runs, and Chase Raffield, who hit. .356 with 14 homers, earned All-America honors. Both were selected in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft are now playing professional baseball.

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Edwin Thompson

 

Assistant Coach

Now in his third season at Georgia State, Edwin Thompson was named the Panthers' recruiting coordinator for 2014-15.

Thompson joined head coach Greg Frady's staff in the fall of 2012 and worked two seasons as the program's pitching coach.

In 2103, he guided a very young staff that helped the Panthers to a 35-win season for the third-highest victory total in program history. Four different freshmen hurlers started a total of 24 games in 2013, and rookies combined to throw nearly 200 innings. The GSU bullpen that collected 13 saves, the second-best season mark in Panther annals. Rookie Matt Rose led the team with five saves and a 2.55 earned run average on his way to earning freshman All-America honors.

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Adam Scott

 

Pitching Coach

Adam Scott, formerly the pitching coach at Wallace State (Ala.) Community College-Hanceville, joined the Georgia State staff as pitching coach in August 2014.

Scott comes to Georgia State from the strong junior college program at Wallace State-Hanceville, which produced Atlanta Braves All-Star reliever Craig Kimbrel. Scott served as the pitching coach the last three years under NJCAA Hall of Fame head coach Randy Putman.

All three of Scott's sophomore pitchers from the 2014 squad earned Division I scholarships, including Georgia State signee Alex Hegner. In three seasons, he coached two pitchers who were drafted and six who went on to Division I programs.

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Brandon Kersey

 

Director of Operations

Former Georgia State pitcher Brandon Kersey is in his first year as Georgia State's Director of Baseball Operations.

Kersey was promoted to the Director of Operations position on head coach Greg Frady's staff in August 2013 after serving as graduate assistant for the baseball program in 2012-13, when the Panthers posted a 35-21 record.

Kersey lettered in 2005-06 for the Panthers before transferring to Georgia, where he completed his bachelor's degree in criminal justice/pre-law in 2009.

He earned a master's in sports administration from Georgia State in 2013.

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