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Texas A&M has hired Southern Mississippi associate head baseball coach Chad Caillet to be its hitting coach, according to Kendall Rogers of D1baseball.com.

Caillet will replace Will Bolt, A&M’s former hitting coach who was hired recently as Nebraska’s head coach. Caillet spent 12 seasons with the Golden Eagles, serving as their hitting coach and recruiting coordinator.

A&M (39-23-1, 16-13-1) batted .251 last season with 42 home runs and 311 RBIs as the Aggies averaged 5.5 runs per game.

Southern Miss (40-21, 20-10) batted .288 in 2019 to rank fifth in Conference USA. The Golden Eagles hit 67 home runs and drove in 396 runs. They finished second to Florida Atlantic in the C-USA during the regular season then won the conference tournament. They went 2-2 in the Baton Rouge Regional, beating Arizona State twice but losing to LSU twice.

Southern Miss led C-USA in almost every offensive category from 2016-18, according to his biography on Southern Miss’ website. Caillet was the conference’s assistant coach of the year in 2017.

The Golden Eagles broke single-season records for runs (544), RBIs (478), batting average (.324), at-bats (2,332) and on-base percentage (.422) under Caillet.

Caillet also worked at McNeese State and Southeastern Louisiana.

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