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 2016, Strom led the Astros pitching staff to a franchise record 1,396 strikeouts, besting the Astros 2004 staff (1,282) that was headlined by Roger Clemens, Roy Oswalt and Brad Lidge. The 2016 bullpen corps led the AL in strikeouts with 617, which also marked a franchise record. In 2015, the Astros posted a 3.57 ERA, the best team ERA in the AL and the second-lowest produced by an Astros team since the club moved to Minute Maid Park in 2000. 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 15 years. Brent and his wife, Carrie, reside in Tucson, Ariz. Carrie was crowned Mrs. America in 1979, representing New Jersey. The couple has two English bulldogs (Macie Mae and Bebe) and one French bulldog (Angus).