The Golden Eagles record back-to-back shutouts for first time since 2007.
Chad Caillet enters his eighth year as an assistant coach for the Southern Miss baseball program. Caillet's duties include serving as the team's recruiting coordinator and working with the Golden Eagle offense and infield defense.
During his tenure, the program has seen great success on both offense and defense. The team has broken five single-season offensive records - runs scored (516), RBI (478), batting average (.324), hit batsmen (101) and on-base percentage (.422) - while leading the country in double plays turned in three consecutive seasons (83 - 2009; 84 - 2010; 81 - 2011). The Golden Eagles have also finished first in the country in double plays per game, including the 2010 and 2011 seasons, while most recently collecting the crown in 2013, while finishing fourth overall in double plays turned.
The Golden Eagle assistant coach has proven his abilities to recruit as evidenced by some of the classes that he has brought in that has sparked national interest.
Caillet landed the No. 3 recruiting class in 2012 by Baseball America and No. 13 by Collegiate Baseball, marking the highest class he has assembled in his time with the program.
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 eight seasons as an assistant coach he has helped lead Southern Miss to four NCAA Regionals, one NCAA Super Regional and the 2009 College World Series.
Since coming into the program, Caillet has overseen the recruitment of five different players who have earned All-American recognition and one other who was named an Academic All-American. The All-Americans include Mason Robbins and Bradley Roney, who each earned All-Freshman honors following the 2012 campaign, while Jared Bales was a Freshman honoree in 2011. B.A. Vollmuth earned All-America honors in 2010 and Freshman accolades in 2009, while Bo Davis got an All-America nod and Kameron Brunty tallied Freshman honors in 2009. Marc Bourgeois collected Academic All-America honors in 2011, becoming the first Golden Eagle to reach that accomplishment since 2009.
In all, Caillet has coached five different infielder to seven Conference USA honors, including four first-team selections and three second-team picks. His double-honorees included B.A. Vollmuth, who earned first team honors in both 2010 and 2011, and current Minnesota Twin Brian Dozier, collected second-team honors in both 2008 and 2009.
Caillet, who came to Southern Miss after spending a brief 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. His 2006 and 2007 signing classes were recognized nationally.
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 nationally ranked in the Top 10.
His coaching stops also included a year at Mississippi College and Millsaps College, which came after Caillet got his start with a year-long stint at Copiah-Lincoln Community College. His coaching resume also includes 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 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 a daughter, Carsyn, and a son, Coby.