Michael Federico is set for his fifth year as assistant coach at the University of Memphis. Hired in July 2004 as Coach Schoenrock's top assistant, Federico is primarily responsible for the instruction of the Tigers' pitching staff. In addition, he works with the team's catchers and coordinates the Tigers' aggressive recruiting efforts.
In his time at Memphis, Federico's mentoring has produced the program's third Conference USA All-conference pitcher and second All-freshman selection when Scott McGregor earned those honors in 2006. Under Federico's tutelage, four Memphis pitchers--Will Hudgens, Chris Kirkland, McGregor and Neil Schenk--were selected in the 2008 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. In 11 years of coaching, Federico has had 18 players drafted, nine of which were pitchers. A two-time Junior College Coach of the Year honoree, Federico spent three years (2002-2004) as the head coach at Meridian Community College before taking the assistant post at Memphis. In 2003 and 2004, he led his squad to the JUCO World Series in Grand Junction, Colo. In five years at the juco ranks, Federico sent 41 players to four-year colleges.
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 as All-Americans, 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 in Grand Junction, Colo. 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 for his accomplishments in 2003.
Before taking over the head duties, Federico served as the assistant coach for two years, working with pitchers and catchers. As an assistant, he helped lead the Eagles to two conference championships, one region, and one sectional championship and a trip to the 2000 JUCO World Series.
Prior to joining the staff at Meridian, Federico served as a graduate assistant coach at the University of Southern Mississippi for two years. In 1999, his last year with USM, he helped the Eagles to the NCAA Regionals.
As a player, Federico was a catcher at USM from 1995-1997. He served as the team captain his senior year. He started his collegiate career at Hinds Community College in 1993-1995, where he was the starting catcher with the Eagles and helped his teams to back-to-back Division II World Series.
While at USM, Federico received his undergraduate degree in physical education in 1998, and his master's degree in sports administration in 1999.
A native of Slidell, La., Federico attended Pope John Paul II High School, where he was the starting catcher for four years. During this time, he was named All-State, All-District, All-Metro and team captain.
Federico, 34, is married to the former Hannah Sosa of Bush, La. The couple has two sons, Hayden (3) and Brycen (nine months).