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Michael Federico
Michael  Federico

Assistant Coach/Pitching


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Southern Miss assistant baseball coach Michael Federico has deep roots with the Golden Eagle program.

Federico 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 the latter of his two years.

After stops at Meridian Community College and the University of Memphis, Federico returned to his alma mater and is set to begin his eighth season as the school's pitching coach in 2017.

Federico arguably may have done his best job with the Golden Eagles in 2016, piecing together a staff that despite suffering multiple injuries during the year, still helped lead the Golden Eagles to their first NCAA Tournament appearance in five years.

Sophomore Kirk McCarty, a first-team All-C-USA selection, anchored the rotation alongside senior Cord Cockrell, a second-team All-C-USA selection injured three-quarters of the way through the season. Closer Nick Sandlin was named All-American as well as C-USA All-Freshman after logging xx saves.

During his first seven seasons, Federico mentored seven, first-team All-Conference USA selections and had another five players earn second-team honors.

Federico was named Conference USA Assistant Coach of the Year in 2015 after the Golden Eagles posted a C-USA-low 3.14 ERA and setting a school record with 10 shutouts (second-most in C-USA history).

The staff fanned 388, while walking just 167 in 495 1/3, while starting pitchers combined to post 29 quality starts. The Golden Eagles were 29-1 when leading after six innings, 32-0 when leading after seven and 30-0 when leading after eight innings.

In 2015, James McMahon was named C-USA Pitcher of the Year. McMahon also captured the 2015 Ferris Trophy, awarded annually to Mississippi's top collegiate baseball player, as well as earning All-American honors that season.

Federico also had Connor Fisk and closer Bradley Roney earn second-team All-Conference USA honors.

In 2012, Golden Eagle starter Andrew Pierce earned C-USA Newcomer of the Year, while Mason Robbins, a multiple-position player who spent much of the year on the mound for Southern Miss, was named 2012 C-USA Freshman of the Year. Roney added Freshman All-American honors for the program that season.

Todd McInnis started the parade of Federico pupils honored by the league, earning C-USA Pitcher of the Year recognition in both 2010 and 2011. During McInnis' run as the league's top pitcher in 2011, the right-hander became the first under Federico's tutelage to earn All-American honors.

In 2010, Federico coached future major leaguer Scott Copeland, who earned first-team All-Conference USA and third-team Louisville Slugger/Collegiate Baseball All-American.

During his time with the Golden Eagles, Federico has assisted Chad Caillet in the program's recruiting efforts that snagged the No. 3 ranked class in 2012. In all, Southern Miss boasts 21 players drafted during his tenure, including 14 pitchers.

Federico has walked much the same coaching path as his predecessors as Southern Miss pitching coach, Palmer and current head coach Scott Berry.

After his stint as graduate assistant at Southern Miss, Federico became an assistant under Berry at Meridian Community College in 2000.

Federico worked with pitchers and catchers, helping lead the Eagles to two conference championships, one regional championship, one sectional championship and a trip to the 2000 JUCO World Series.

At MCC, Federico not only worked with Berry but with current Golden Eagle assistant coach Chad Caillet, who served as Federico's top assistant at Meridian CC from 2002-04 after Federico took over as skipper.

While head coach at MCC, Federico was a two-time Junior College Coach of the Year honoree. In 2003 and 2004, he led his squad to the JUCO World Series. During his time there, 15 players were drafted, including nine pitchers.

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 All-America, 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. 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 in 2003.

After leaving Meridian in 2004, Federico coached against Southern Miss as the top assistant at Conference USA foe Memphis for five seasons (2005-2009), where he oversaw the Tigers' pitching staff, worked with catchers and also was that program's recruiting coordinator. During his time there, the Tigers had 12 players drafted, including seven pitchers.

The Tiger pitching staff improved in each of his first two years, and then in 2007, despite an influx of injuries to its starting rotation, helped Memphis earn its first NCAA berth since 1994.

Federico played catcher at Southern Miss (1995-97), serving as 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. 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, and a daughter, Isabella.

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