Southern Miss Baseball Camps
Chad Caillet is in his fourth year as an assistant coach for the Southern Miss baseball program. Caillet's duties include working with the Golden Eagle offense, as well as the infielders on defense, and serve as recruiting coordinator.
During his time for the Golden Eagles, the team has seen great success both offensively and on defense. The team broke five offensive records in his three seasons, including runs scored (516), RBI (478), batting average (.324), Hit batsmen (101) and on-base percentage (.422), while also leading the country over the last two seasons in double plays turned (83 - 2009; 84 - 2010).
In his first season as recruiting coordinator in 2009, he landed the nation's No. 23 ranked class, marking the first time the Golden Eagles ever pulled in a nationally ranked class.
In his second season, he reeled in the nation's No. 21 ranked class for 2010.
In his first three seasons as an assistant coach he has helped lead Southern Miss to NCAA Regionals three times, a NCAA Super Regional, and the 2009 College World series. In 2009, he also saw three different position players drafted into professional baseball and Bo Davis earned All-American Honors, while freshman outfielder Kameron Brunty earned freshman All-American honors.
Entering 2009, two members of Caillet's first recruiting class have earned preseason All-American honors, Brunty and BA Vollmuth.
Six different Golden Eagles hit over .300 for the season in 2009 with Brunty, Davis, Brian Dozier and James Ewing all earning C-USA honors.
In 2008, five Golden Eagle hitters posted an average over .300 and James Ewing and Brian Dozier earned All-C-USA honors.
Caillet, who came to Southern Miss after spending a two-month stint at McNeese State, was an assistant coach at Southeastern Louisiana University for the 2006 and 2007 seasons. His responsibilities there included the hitters and infielders, while also having the role of recruiting coordinator for the program. In that role, his 2006 and 2007 signing classes was recognized nationally and last spring the Lions captured a school-best win mark for Southland Conference contests.
Prior to working at SLU, Caillet spent four years at Meridian Community College, including one season as the head coach. During his lone year at the helm of that program, Caillet led his team to a 44-14 record, including a perfect mark in home games. The squad won both the MACJC State and Central Division championships and advanced to regional play. That team also garnered a Top 10 national junior college ranking and Caillet earned MACJC Coach of the Year honors.
As an assistant coach at MCC, he was part of a staff that won two Region 23 Championships and made two straight Junior College World Series appearances. Both of those teams were both nationally ranked in the Top 10.
His coaching stops also included a year at Mississippi College and Millsaps College, after getting his start with a year-long stint at Copiah-Lincoln Community College. His coaching resume also had him work two summers in the Cotton States League. His second summer was in the role of manager for the Meridian Marauders, which won its first league championship.
As a player, he was an all-district infielder at Hahnville High in Louisiana and went on to play for Copiah-Lincoln, before finishing his career at Southern Miss as an infielder under head coach Hill Denson.
He earned both his Bachelor's degree (1998) and his Master's degree (2000) from Southern Miss. Caillet is married to the former Jessica Compretta of Bay St. Louis, Miss., and they have one daughter, Carsyn and a son, Coby.
If anyone understands the Southern Miss baseball program, assistant coach Michael Federico does. He was a player for the Golden Eagles under Hill Denson from 1995-97 and became a graduate assistant coach under Corky Palmer during the 1998-99 seasons, helping the Golden Eagles to a NCAA Regional in 1999.
After his stint at Southern Miss, he became an assistant coach under Scott Berry at Meridian Community College in 2000, a team that played in the JUCO world series, and while Berry was the head coach at Meridian CC and current Golden Eagle assistant coach Chad Caillet was his top assistant from 2002-04.
Since leaving Meridian in 2004, he has competed against Southern Miss each season as the top assistant at Conference USA foe Memphis.
At Memphis, Federico was the Tigers top assistant coach the previous five seasons where he was in charge of the pitching staff, worked with the catchers and led the Tigers recruiting efforts.
Under Federico's coaching, the Tiger pitching staff improved in his first two years, and then, despite an influx of injuries to its starting pitching rotation, earned a berth in the 2007 NCAA Tournament, the Tigers first appearance since 1994.
Prior to joining the Memphis staff in 2004, he was the head coach at Meridian Community College (2002-04), where he was a two-time Junior College Coach of the Year honoree, In 2003 and 2004, he led his squad to the JUCO World Series in Grand Junction, Colo.
Federico led MCC to a 46-14 finish and a ninth-place finish in the JUCO World Series in 2004. Several of his players received accolades following the 2004 season, as two players were named as All-Americans, four players received All-Region 23 honors, and nine Eagles were voted to the All-State team. Federico was named Region XXIII and Southeastern District Coach of the Year.
In 2003, he led the Eagles to a fifth-place finish in the Alpine Bank JUCO World Series in Grand Junction, Colo. The Eagles also won the MACJC Central Division, Region XXIII and Southeastern Regional Championships. Federico was honored with Region XXIII and Southeastern District Coach of the Year accolades for his accomplishments in 2003.
Before taking over the head duties, Federico served as the assistant coach for two years, working with pitchers and catchers. As an assistant, he helped lead the Eagles to two conference championships, one region, and one sectional championship and a trip to the 2000 JUCO World Series.
Prior to joining the staff at Meridian, Federico served as a graduate assistant coach Southern Miss for two years under Corky Palmer. In 1999, his last year with the Golden Eagles, he helped the black and gold to the NCAA Southeast Regional, in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
As a player, Federico was a catcher at Southern Miss from 1995-97, serving as the team captain his senior year. He started his collegiate career at Hinds Community College (1993-95), where he was the starting catcher and helped his teams to back-to-back Division II World Series appearances.
Federico received both his undergraduate degree in physical education (1998), and his master's degree in sports administration (1999) from Southern Miss.
A native of Slidell, La., Federico attended Pope John Paul II High School, where he was the starting catcher for four years. During this time, he was named All-State, All-District, All-Metro and team captain.
Federico is married to the former Hannah Sosa of Bush, La., who is also a Southern Miss graduate (1999) and former Golden Eagle Diamond Darling. The couple has two sons, Hayden and Brycen.
Volunteer Assistant Coach
Brent Shelton is in his first season as an assistant coach for the Golden Eagle baseball team.
Shelton comes to Southern Miss after spending the previous five seasons as an assistant for coach Jeff Johnson at Chipola College where he served as recruiting coordinator, as well as coordinating administrative duties and working with the Indian hitters and infielders.
Shelton coached 41 position players in his five years at Chipola that went on to play at four-year universities and 16 position players went on to sign professional baseball contracts, including three players that have made Major League Baseball rosters including Rene Tosoni of the Minnesota Twins, Adam Loewen of the New York Mets, and Tyler Flowers of the Chicago White Sox.
The Altha, Fla., native moved into the collegiate coaching ranks in 2003 as an assistant at Chipola College for one year. At Chipola, he was responsible for the administrative activities, worked with the hitters and also coached first base. Shelton re-joined the Chipola staff during the 2006 season, where he helped the Indians to an appearance in the FCCAA State Tournament during that season. Shelton also was an assistant on the Indians' 2007 and 2008 FCCAA State Championship and NJCAA National Championship Team during the 2007 season.
Upon graduation from University of Florida, Shelton entered the coaching profession as an assistant at P.K. Yonge Lab School in Gainesville, Fla. While working with one of the top high school baseball programs in Florida for one season, he coached two players that played minor league baseball, Flint Wipke (Angels), and Ryne Malone (Cubs). Shelton returned to his alma mater, Liberty County High School in Bristol, Fla., where he spent a year as an assistant in baseball and football. During the 2004-05 seasons, Shelton served as the head baseball coach at Sneads High School in Sneads, Fla., compiling a 25-24 record during two seasons while taking the Pirates to their 3rd state tournament appearance in the school's history.
Shelton also spent nine summers as a head coach of SWAT and the Panhandle Indians in Florida, where he coached 32 players who played at two-year or four-year colleges and four players who signed a professional contract.
Coaching Career: Assistant, P.K. Yonge Lab School, Gainesville, FL, 2001; assistant, Liberty County HS, Bristol, Fla., 2002; assistant, Chipola College, 2003; head coach, Sneads HS 2004-05; assistant, Chipola College 2006-2010; assistant, Southern Miss 2011
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