Gary Pettis was named the Astros third base coach on Oct. 17, 2014. In addition to his third base coach responsibilities, Pettis is the club's outfield and baserunning instructor. Under Pettis' guidance, Astros outfielders have combined to post the highest fielding percentage in the AL in each of the past two seasons, as they posted a .995 fielding percentage in 2018 and a .989 mark in 2017. Prior to joining the Astros, Pettis spent eight seasons (2007-14) on the Major League coaching staff of the Texas Rangers. He spent his last two seasons (2013-14) with the Rangers as their third base coach after spending six seasons (2007-12) as the club's first base coach. Over those eight years, Pettis also served as the club's outfield and baserunning instructor. Pettis also served on the Major League staffs of the New York Mets (2003-04) and Chicago White Sox (2001-02) as first base and outfield coach.
Pettis began his coaching career as a roving minor league instructor for the Angels (1995) and White Sox (1997-2000), and later had a two-year stint as Milwaukee's Triple A hitting instructor (2005-06). The former outfielder was a five-time Gold Glove winner during his 14-year Major League career with the California Angels (1982-87), Detroit Tigers (1988-89, 1992), Texas Rangers (1990-91) and San Diego Padres (1992). He amassed 354 career steals and stole at least 40 bases five times during his career, which included a pair of 50-steal seasons. His Gold Gloves came in 1985, 1986, 1988, 1989 and 1990, which made him the fifth player in Major League history to win a Gold Glove with three different teams. Pettis makes his offseason home in San Clemente, Calif., with his wife Peggy. The couple has two daughters, Paige and Shaye, and two sons, Kyler and Dante. Dante was a second-round pick of the San Francisco 49ers in 2018 after starring as a consensus All-American wide receiver at the University of Washington. He owns the NCAA record for career punt return touchdowns with nine, including four in 2017. Kyler is a model and actor, who appeared on the television soap opera Days of Our Lives for four years (2015-18) and over 124 episodes.