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 2018, Strom led the Astros pitching staff as they set a Major League record with 1,687 strikeouts. The 2018 Astros also led Major League Baseball in virtually every significant category, including ERA (3.11), opponent average (.217), WHIP (1.10), starter's ERA (3.16) and bullpen ERA (3.03). Additionally, the Astros allowed just 534 runs this season, the fewest allowed by an AL team in a non strike-shortened season since the DH started being used in 1973. For his efforts last season, Strom was named Baseball America's 2018 MLB Coach of the Year. On top of his record-setting campaign, the 70-year-old Strom spent a week this offseason as the pitching coach for the Major League All-Stars in the 2018 Japan All-Star Series, which ran from Nov. 8-15 in Japan. Prior to rejoining the Astros in 2014, 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). Among his other stops, Strom has also served as a pitching coordinator with the San Diego (1997) and Montreal/Washington organizations (1998-99, 2002-06).
His coaching career followed a pitching career that spanned 12 years (1970-81), including five MLB 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 is 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 17 years. Brent and his wife, Carrie, reside in Tucson, Ariz. Carrie was crowned Mrs. America in 1979, representing New Jersey. The couple has three dogs, one English bulldog (Macie Mae) and two French bulldogs (Angus and Virgil).