Kevin Frady is in his fifth year with the Jayhawk baseball team and fourth as a volunteer assistant coach. Frady's duties include working with the team's catchers, serving as the first base coach and serving as the director of the team's baseball camps throughout the year.
Frady has helped turn the Kansas catching unit into one of the best in the Big 12 over the last few seasons.
In 2009, KU's opponents stole just 33 bases against the Jayhawks which was by far the fewest in the Big 12. Senior catcher Buck Afenir threw out 11 of 34 would-be base stealers and had just nine passed balls in 58 games.
In working with Frady during his career, Afenir developed into an All-Big 12 catcher, earning second team honors in 2009. He also signed a professional contract with the New York Yankees last summer.
In 2008, Kansas catchers threw out 33 percent of would-be base stealers, the team's highest percentage since 2003. Under Frady, the catchers have also had just 30 passed balls over the last three seasons.
Frady arrived at KU from Phoenix College where he was the associate head coach.
During his two seasons at Phoenix, Frady was responsible for hitting, infielders and recruiting. He placed 24 players in four-year institutions, including 14 at the Division I level. He also coached nine Academic All-Americans.
Frady spent three years as an Area Supervisor for the New York Mets. While with the Mets, Frady drafted former Major Leaguer Jeff Duncan, and drafted and signed Wayne Ough, Brett Harper and Tyler Beuerlein. In 2000, Ough pitched for Team Australia in the Summer Olympics.
Prior to his stint with the Mets, Frady was the assistant coach at Edmonds Community College in Lynnwood, Wash. During his time at Edmonds, nine of his players were selected in the MLB Amateur Draft.
Frady served as the assistant coach at Eastern Oregon State University and as the head coach of the Phoenix Blazers of the Pacific SW League and manager of the Rowan Pirates of the Southern Collegiate Baseball League.
He has also been a head coach of various summer league teams, including the Kelowna (BC) Falcons of the West Coach League the past two summers. Frady led the Falcons to their first postseason appearance in 10 years (in 2008) and also coached the league's home run leader. During the summer of 2010, he will once again coach Kelowna.
Frady currently resides in Lawrence.