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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

Through six full seasons, Greg Frady has established an unprecedented pattern of winning within the Panther baseball organization. Frady was named head coach of Georgia State in June of 2006, becoming the eighth coach in the history of the program.

Frady boasts the highest winning percentage of any coach in school history (.558) with a 193-152-1 record, turning the Panthers into national contenders in his six-year tenure. He trails only Mike Hurst, who finished his Panther career in 2006 with 293 career wins, for the most victories in school history.

Prior to the 2012 season, Georgia State was honored as the nation's Most Valuable Program by the National Alliance of College Summer Baseball, indicative of the Panthers' continued offseason success.

After losing 75% of its offensive production from the year before to graduation and 70% of its innings pitched, Frady led a young Panther squad to 24 victories in 2012 and had the team in postseason contention until the final day of the regular season.

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Willie Stewart

 

Assistant Coach

A former Division I standout and head coach at UNC Asheville, Willie Stewart joined the Georgia State staff prior to the 2012 season and helped the squad to immediate success.

After graduating nearly 75% of its offensive production from the year before, Stewart helped guide a young Panther lineup that featured 12 newcomers with six freshmen. Working with the Panther batters and coaching first base, Stewart helped GSU remain in contention for a postseason berth until the season's final day.

Stewart also mentored GSU's trio of first-year catchers, seeing junior college transfer Scott Sarratt lead the conference for much of the year and finish with 23 runners caught stealing.

The Panther offense posted one of the most thrilling victories of the NCAA season, one that grabbed headlines around the nation. GSU scored 11 straight runs in the bottom of the ninth- including 10 with two outs- to rally for a 13-12 walk-off win over Northeastern in its conference opener.

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Edwin Thompson

 

Assistant Coach

Veteran collegiate baseball coach Edwin Thompson has been added to the Georgia State coaching staff as an assistant coach, head coach Greg Frady has announced.

Thompson, 32, comes to GSU after spending the past two years on the Duke University staff as the recruiting coordinator and assistant coach. He served as the interim head coach this spring until a new Duke head coach was named.

"I am extremely excited to announce Edwin Thompson as our pitching coach at Georgia State," said GSU head coach Greg Frady. "He brings experience from the Atlantic Coast Conference and a high level of competitiveness. He is a great recruiter, is great with the players, and I think he is going to make an immediate impact in moving our program forward."

A native of Jay, Maine, Thompson had served two years as the head coach at Bates (Maine) College before going to Duke in 2010. At Bates, Thompson led the Bobcats to a 25-11 season, the best in the school's 138-year history. Prior to that, he had served as the associate head coach and recruiting coordinator at the University of Maine at Farmington.

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Nick Hogan

 

Director of Operations

Nick Hogan enters his first season as Director of Baseball Operations in 2011-12 after two seasons as a volunteer assistant coach.

During his two seasons on the coaching staff, GSU set numerous school records and won 73 total games, qualifying for the CAA Tournament both years. The Panthers earned six all-conference selections during each season.

Hogan has also served as an assistant coach in the Sunbelt and Coastal Plain summer wooden bat leagues, guiding teams to top finishes an playoff appearances.

Hogan joined the baseball staff after a very successful two-year career playing for Georgia State and graduating in December 2009. He finished his career eighth in stolen bases in just those two seasons, serving as the Panthers lead-off hitter during most of that time. Hogan had a reputation as being a hard-nosed player who would run into walls and take an inside pitch to the hip to help his team, evident by the fact he finished third on the all-time hit by pitch list with 25, just four off the school record.

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