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Chad Caillet Tabbed Among C-USA's Top Recruiters by

Nov. 22, 2016


Southern Miss associate head coach Chad Caillet enjoyed an accolade for his recruiting skills this week by website

Caillet, along with Florida Atlantic's Jason Jackson, garnered the distinction of being the best baseball recruiters for Conference USA.

As part of a recruiting questionnaire distributed to every Division I baseball program during the fall by the website, each Division I coach was asked to rank the five best recruiters in college baseball. A total of 124 ballots back from schools with one accepted from each institution. First-place votes were worth five points, second-place votes were worth four, and so on.

"This recognition is most deserving for Chad," said Southern Miss baseball coach Scott Berry. "He works extremely hard at his job and puts in a lot of time year round in making sure Southern Miss baseball is at the top. I am very proud of him and glad he is on our staff."

Caillet, who enters his 10th season as an assistant coach for the Golden Eagles, serves as the team's recruiting coordinator while also working with the offense and infield defense. This past summer, Caillet was promoted to Associate Head Coach.

In nine seasons at Southern Miss, the Golden Eagles have played in five NCAA Regionals, one NCAA Super Regional and the 2009 College World Series.

Caillet also has spearheaded the efforts resulting in some of the program's most-highly regarded signing pools.

In his first season as recruiting coordinator in 2009, he landed the nation's No. 23 ranked class, marking the first time Southern Miss ever pulled in a nationally-ranked class. In his second season, he reeled in the nation's No. 21 class.

In 2012, he helped land a recruiting class regarded No. 3 by Baseball America and No. 13 by Collegiate Baseball, the highest class he has assembled in his time with the program.

Caillet has overseen the recruitment of five players who have earned All-American recognition and another who was named Academic All-America.

That All-America list includes first baseman Tim Lynch (2016), pitcher James McMahon (2015), shortstop B.A. Vollmuth (2010) and pitcher Scott Copeland (2010).

Outfielder Marc Bourgeois was named Academic All-America in 2011, becoming the first Golden Eagle since 2009 to earn that accolade.

In addition, the Golden Eagles have had several Caillet signees earn Freshman All-America honors, including closer Nick Sandlin (2016), third baseman/pitcher Taylor Braley (2015), outfielder/pitcher Mason Robbins (2012), third baseman/closer Bradley Roney (2012), catcher Jared Bales (2011) and outfielder Kameron Brunty (2009).

Two of his former recruits, Tyler Koelling (2011) and McMahon (2015) earned the Boo Ferris Trophy as the top collegiate player in the state of Mississippi.

Caillet has coached six infielders to nine Conference USA honors, including five, first-team selections and four, second-team picks. His double-honorees included Lynch, who was a first-team selection in 2016 and second-team pick in 2015; Vollmuth, who earned first team honors in both 2010 and 2011; and current Minnesota Twin Brian Dozier, who collected second-team honors in both 2008 and 2009.

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