Doug Brocail was first named Astros' pitching coach, on an interim basis, on June 14, 2011. Following the 2011 season, Brocail was given the permanent pitching coach position in October. In 2012, he oversaw the development of Lucas Harrell, who was one of the top rookie starters in the Majors. Several other young hurlers showed promise, including Jordan Lyles, who will be just 22 years old entering this season. Brocail had early success as Astros pitching coach after taking over in June of 2011. Astros hurlers posted a combined 4.39 ERA in 95 games under Brocail, compared to a 4.69 ERA prior to his arrival that season. Prior to serving as pitching coach, Brocail had been a special assistant to the general manager for the Astros, beginning in 2010. In that role, he assisted with the evaluation of Major League and minor league players in the Astros system and handled some Major League scouting assignments.
As a right-handed pitcher, Brocail compiled a 52-48 record with a 4.00 ERA in 626 appearances (42 starts) with nine saves in parts of 16 Major League seasons from 1992-2009, pitching for the Padres, Astros, Tigers and Rangers. His .633 (38-22) winning percentage in his final 12 seasons (1998-2009) was the second-highest among Major League relievers in that span (min. five decisions). Brocail had three stints with the Astros, posting a 15-14 record in 151 games (11 starts) with a 4.24 ERA and three saves. In 2008, his 47 appearances in the first half were the most in club history by a right-hander. He finished that season at 7-5 in 72 appearances, reaching career bests in games and wins at the age of 42. While with the Tigers, Brocail registered a 2.83 ERA in 191 games over a three-year span (1997-99) while posting a .225 opponents' batting average, allowing just 181 hits in 222.2 innings. A serious elbow injury prevented Brocail from pitching in the Major Leagues from 2001-03, missing the entire 2002 and 2003 seasons. He returned to the Major Leagues in 2004 with the Rangers, making 43 relief appearances that season. On March 11, 2006, Brocail underwent an angioplasty after doctors discovered blockage of his left anterior descending coronary artery during an angiogram in Spring Training. He underwent a second angioplasty on April 10, but recovered in time to return in July to post a 2-2 record with a 4.76 ERA (15ER/28.1IP) in 25 games out of the bullpen. Brocail was All-State in football, basketball and baseball at Lamar High School in Colorado, where he tossed three no-hitters and fanned 156 batters in 76 innings to win Colorado Pitcher of the Year honors in 1985.
He and his wife, Lisa, reside in Missouri City, TX, and have five daughters: Taylor, McKinzie, Madisyne, Camdyn and Parker Elisabeth.