Jeff Albert was hired as the St. Louis Cardinals hitting coach in November 2018 after the previous six years in the Houston Astros organization. The 38-year old hitting instructor was the second hitting coach with the Astros in 2018 after serving as the minor league hitting coordinator from 2014-17 and 2013 as the roving hitting instructor. Prior to his time with the Astros, Albert launched his professional coaching career with the Cardinals organization starting as hitting coach for the Batavia MuckDogs of the short-season A ball affiliate in the New York-Penn League. The MuckDogs won the New YorkPenn League title in 2008 knocking off Jamestown 2-0 in the championship series. Albert advanced to the Cardinals High-A Florida State League affiliate in Palm Beach where he served as hitting coach from 2009-12. Prior to entering the coaching ranks, Albert played two seasons of Independent League baseball for the Washington (Pa.) Wild Things in 2003 and the Shreveport Captains in 2007. Albert's college playing career was spent at Butler University where he lettered twice for the Bulldogs and helped lead them to their highest win total in program history with 34 wins in 2002 and again in 2003, a total which was not matched by another Butler baseball team until they won 34 again in 2018. In 2002, Albert led the team with 34 RBI garnering Second Team All-Horizon League honors at third base. He finished his collegiate career with a .284 batting average and 10 home runs. His accolades off the field include a Master's Degree in Exercise Science from Louisiana Tech University where he was also involved in various baseball training and research, as well as strength and conditioning work with the school's baseball and softball programs. Albert is a certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), and runs swingtraining.net, which is a site dedicated to baseball training and analysis. He resides in Jupiter, Florida.