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Rose, Bates, Three Signees Taken in MLB Draft
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.
Assistant Coach/Pitching Coach
Adam Scott enters his second season as Georgia State's pitching coach after guiding the Panthers' staff to a school-record earned run average in his first year with the program. Under Scott's direction, Georgia State's pitching improved significantly in 2015 with a 4.14 ERA, nearly two runs lower than the previous season and ahead of the former school record of 4.29, helping the Panthers to a 30-win season. Senior closer Kevin Burgee broke the Georgia State record for career saves, while another senior reliever, Jerry Stuckey, finished as the Panthers' all-time leader in appearances.
Nathan Bates completed his junior season with the second-lowest career ERA in school history. Following the season, he was selected in the 15th round of the 2015 Major League Baseball Draft and is now pitching in the Los Angeles Angels organization. Scott came to Georgia State in August 2014 from the strong junior college program at Wallace State (Ala.) Community College-Hanceville. Scott served three seasons (2012-14) as the pitching coach 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's Alex Hegner. In three seasons at Hanceville, Scott coached three pitchers who were later drafted and six who went on to Division I programs. Scott was a two-year letterwinner as a pitcher at Alabama (2009-10), helping the Crimson Tide to NCAA tournament berths both years, including a Super Regional appearance as a senior. He began his college career at Shelton State (Ala.) C.C., which reached the JUCO World Series in 2008, when Scott was named to the all-tournament team. A native of Hueytown, Ala., Scott is married to the former Delaina Franklin.
Assistant Coach/Recruiting Coordinator
Adam Pavkovich, formerly an assistant coach at Notre Dame and an eight-year veteran of professional baseball, joins the Georgia State staff as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator. Pavkovich spent the past two seasons at Notre Dame, which he helped to an NCAA Regional berth in 2015. He worked with infielders and hitting for the Fighting Irish, who led Division I in double plays while ranking ninth nationally in fielding percentage last season. Pavkovich went to Notre Dame after one season (2013) as an assistant coach at Alabama-Huntsville. He also spent two years (2011-12) as a student assistant at Alabama, his alma mater, where he coached first base, worked with infield and outfield defense and assisted with hitting.
Pavkovich coached an ABCA Rawlings Gold Glove Award recipient at both Notre Dame (second baseman Cavan Biggio) and Alabama (center fielder Taylor Dugas). Dugas was an eighth-round draft pick in 2012. Selected in the 11th round of the 2003 Major League Baseball Draft, Pavkovich enjoyed an eight-year professional baseball career with the Los Angeles Angels organization, reaching the Triple-A level. During his time with the Angels, he worked with some of the best baseball minds in the game including Angels' manager Mike Scioscia, hitting coach Jim Eppard and former hitting coach Mickey Hatcher. He played in 708 career minor league games, turning in his best year in 2008 as he batted .280 with 22 home runs and 80 RBI for Triple-A Salt Lake City. He earned invitations to Major League spring training in 2008 and 2009. Pavkovich began his coaching career at IMG Academies (2007-2010) in Sarasota, Fla., as a special instructor during his offseasons. While at IMG, he worked with several players who went on to be drafted and two who eventually reached the Major Leagues in Tyler Pastornicky of the Atlanta Braves and J.R. Murphy of the New York Yankees.
Pavkovich was a three-year letterwinner as a shortstop at Alabama (2001-03), helping the Crimson Tide to Southeastern Conference Tournament championships and NCAA Regional appearances in 2002 and 2003. His best year came in 2003, when he batted .338 with 11 home runs, 55 RBI and an SEC-leading 27 doubles and was named to the SEC All-Tournament team. A Dean's List student, Pavkovich earned CoSIDA Academic All-District honors in 2003. Pavkovich completed his degree in Commerce and Business Administration as an accounting major with a minor in computer science at Alabama in 2012. The native of Venice, Fla., is married to the former Lindsay Devore, and the couple has two daughters, Presley Grace and Sadie Belle.
Brock Bennett joins the Georgia State baseball coaching staff as volunteer assistant coach after three seasons as an assistant coach at Georgia Perimeter College. He will work with the Panthers' catchers, assist with hitting instruction and coach first base. In three seasons at Georgia Perimeter, Bennett helped the Jaguars win a pair of region titles. He coached the first-team all-conference catcher all three years, and four GPC players were drafted during his time there. Before going to GPC in 2013, Bennett served one year as the head coach of the middle school team at the Lovett School in Atlanta.
Bennett was a standout catcher at Alabama (2007-11), where he compiled a .314 career batting average while starting more than 100 games, including 97 starts behind the plate. During his career, the Crimson Tide reached four straight NCAA Regionals and advanced to the Super Regionals in 2010. He earned numerous accolades, including the 2010 Southeastern Conference All-Tournament team, National Player of the Week by College Baseball 360 and a spot on the Johnny Bench Award Watch List. Bennett was selected by the San Francisco Giants in the 33rd round of the 2011 Major League Baseball Draft. A native of Atlanta, Bennett is a 2006 graduate of Greater Atlanta Christian School.
Director of Operations
Former Georgia State pitcher Brandon Kersey is in his first year as Georgia State's Director of Baseball Operations.