Brent Strom returns to the Astros organization in 2014 as the Major League pitching coach in what will be his third ML stint as a pitching coach. He was originally the Astros pitching coach in 1996, and then later joined the Royals ML staff as pitching coach for two seasons (2000-01).
Strom, who has close to 35 years of coaching experience, spent the last six seasons (2008-13) with the St. Louis Cardinals organization, serving as the their minor league pitching coordinator (2012-13) and minor league pitching instructor (2008-11). While with the Cardinals, he had success working with several of the talented young pitchers that helped lead St. Louis to the 2013 NL Pennant and the 2011 World Series title.
Strom began his coaching career in Houston's organization in 1989, serving as a minor league pitching instructor for seven seasons (1989-95) before being elevated to the Major League pitching coach position in 1996. He also has 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 pitched two minor league seasons in the Astros system (1979-80). Strom made his ML debut on July 31, 1972, while with the Mets, and later earned his first ML win with a 3-1, complete game victory while with Cleveland on April 9, 1973 vs. the Yankees at Yankee Stadium. His best two ML seasons came while with the Padres in 1975-76, going 8-8 with a 2.54 ERA and 12-16 with a 3.29 ERA in 210.2 innings, respectively.
Prior to playing professionally, Strom attended the University of Southern California, helping to lead the Trojans baseball team to two NCAA championships. In 1970, he was a First Team All-American alongside former Major League All-Star Burt Hooton. His professional career began after he was drafted third overall in the secondary phase of the 1970 draft by the New York Mets. The secondary phase was designated for players who had been drafted and had not signed. Strom holds the distinction of being just the second person ever to have Tommy John surgery.
Brent and his wife, Carrie, reside in Tucson, AZ. Carrie was crowned Mrs. America in 1979, representing New Jersey. The couple have three English bulldogs.