Troy Snitker was named an Astros hitting coach on Nov. 21, 2018. This will be Snitker's first season on a Major League coaching staff, but his fourth with the Astros organization overall. He spent his 2018 season as the hitting coach at Double A Corpus Christi, where he was named the Texas League's Inaugural Mike Coolbaugh Memorial Coach of the Year, which is given to a Texas League figure who has shown an outstanding baseball work ethic, knowledge of the game, and skill in mentoring young players on the field. Snitker originally joined the Astros in 2016 as the organization's rehab hitting coordinator and a coach for the GCL Astros. In 2017, he was the hitting coach at Class A Advanced Buies Creek and the next season, he was promoted to Corpus Christi.
Prior to joining the Astros, Snitker was a graduate assistant on the baseball coaching staff at his alma mater, the University of North Georgia. The former catcher played two seasons in the Atlanta Braves minor league system (2011-12) before getting traded to Pittsburgh in 2013. He then played one season in the Independent Atlantic League (2013). Snitker was drafted by the Braves in the 19th round of the 2011 draft after a highly successful two-year run at North Georgia. During his final season at the school in 2011, Snitker was named Peach Belt All-Conference after hitting .340 with a team-best six home runs and 44 RBI, while starting behind the dish in all 54 of the Saints' games. Snitker has a bachelor's degree in exercise science and a master's degree in physical education. He is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and is certified by the Titleist Performance Institute. Troy is the son of Atlanta Braves manager Brian Snitker, and is a graduate of Brookwood High School in Snellville, Ga.