Brent Strom was named to his current position with the Astros on Oct. 22, 2013, for what is his third Major League stint as a pitching coach. He was originally the Astros pitching coach in 1996, and then later joined the Royals Major League staff as pitching coach for two seasons (2000-01). In 2017, Strom led the Astros pitching staff as they finished third in the AL in starters ERA (4.03) and fifth in team ERA (4.12). The group also set a franchise record for strikeouts for the second consecutive season, posting 1,593 in 2017, following a 1,396 total in 2016. Over the last few years, Strom has led the Astros staff to impressive heights, as the 2016 bullpen led the AL in strikeouts and the 2015 squad led the AL in ERA. Prior to rejoining the Astros, Strom spent six seasons (2008-13) with the Cardinals organization, serving as their minor league pitching coordinator (2012-13) and as a minor league pitching instructor (2008-11). Strom first joined Houston's organization in 1989, serving as a minor league pitching instructor for seven seasons (1989-95) before being elevated to Major League pitching coach in 1996. Prior to originally joining Houston, he spent time as a minor league coach with the Los Angeles Dodgers (1981-86) and as a pitching coordinator with the San Diego (1997) and Montreal/Washington organizations (1998-99, 2002-06). His coaching career followed a professional pitching career that spanned from 1970-81, which included parts of five Major League seasons with New York-NL (1972), Cleveland (1973) and San Diego (1975-77). He also pitched two minor league seasons in the Astros system (1979-80). Strom holds the distinction of being just the second person to have Tommy John surgery (performed in 1978). Prior to playing professionally, Strom attended USC, where he helped lead the Trojans baseball team to two NCAA championships. In 1970, he was a First Team All-American in his final season at USC. His professional career began after he was drafted third overall in the secondary phase of the 1970 draft by the New York Mets. Strom is a member of the International Sports Group (ISG), a non-profit organization founded to grow the game of baseball across the globe, and has been participating in ISG clinics overseas for over 16 years. Brent and his wife, Carrie, reside in Tucson, Ariz. Carrie was crowned Mrs. America in 1979, representing New Jersey. The couple adds a dog to the family with every trip to the postseason, and now has four dogs, two English bulldogs (Macie Mae and Bebe) and two French bulldogs (Angus and Virgil).