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Garret Chachere Hired as Assistant Football Coach

Garrett Chachere will lead the tight ends and act as Special Teams Coordinator.

Garrett Chachere will lead the tight ends and act as Special Teams Coordinator.

May 22, 2012

HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Southern Miss football coach Ellis Johnson announced Tuesday the hiring of Garret Chachere to fill the vacant assistant coach position on his staff.

The New Orleans, La., native, will lead the tight ends and special teams following the departure of Joe Judge to the National Football League's New England Patriots.

Chachere comes to Hattiesburg after a three-year stint at the University of Arizona where he coached the inside receivers, including David Douglas, who was second on the Wildcats' roster with 666 yards in 2011, and David Roberts, whose 413 yards were fifth-best on the squad.

Prior to his arrival in Tucson, Chachere spent two years as an assistant at Memphis where he was special teams coordinator under current Southern Miss defensive coordinator Tommy West, duties that he additionally handled at Tulane from 1999 to 2006 where he was linebackers coach.

In 2008, Chachere helped the Tigers rank 22nd nationally in punt return defense at 5.68 yards per play, and also posted top 45 marks in net punting (38th) and kickoff return defense (42nd). His place kicker, Matt Reagan, was 8-for-11 on field goals and led the team in scoring the past two years. He earned two C-USA Player of the Week honors. Punter Brent Sutherland dropped 26 punts inside opponents' 20 yard-line in the past two years.

Memphis return man Michael Grandberry set nearly every UM kickoff return record in 2007, including single-game yardage (168 vs. USM), single-season returns (59), single-season yardage (1,286) and career 100-yard games (8). He also holds the Tigers' all-time records for returns with 112 and for yardage with 2,401 yards.

Chachere spent eight years (1999-2006) at his alma mater, Tulane, where he coached the Green Wave linebackers and special teams. He was also involved in recruiting Louisiana, Texas, Florida and the Mississippi Gulf Coast. In 2002, the Green Wave received an invitation to the Hawai'i Bowl and defeated host Hawai'i for the title.

During his stint at Tulane, Chachere helped develop linebacker Anthony Cannon, who was drafted by the Detroit Lions. Cannon earned first-team All-C-USA honors in 2005 and logged four-straight 100-tackle seasons en route to ranking third all-time in C-USA in tackles.

A running back for the Green Wave, Chachere played two seasons for then head coach Mack Brown and Greg Davis and was a member of the 1987 Independence Bowl Team. He helped recruit running back Matt Forte, who went on to the NFL, as well as 2009 draftee Troy Kropog, an offensive lineman for the Green Wave.

A New Orleans native, Chachere began his coaching career as a student assistant for Tulane in 1991 while completing his bachelor's degree in communications. After graduation he moved to Pennsylvania for three years and coached defensive backs at Cheney State (1992), Bloomsburg (1993) and Bucknell (1994) before returning to Louisiana and serving as linebackers coach at Nicholls State from 1995-97.

During his tenure in Thibodaux, La., the Colonels advanced to the 1996 NCAA Division I-AA national playoffs, and at the time, were part of the biggest season turnarounds in NCAA Division I history.

Chachere left the Colonels and moved north to Monroe, La., in 1998 to coach tight ends at Northeast Louisiana (now UL-Monroe) before heading back to New Orleans.

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