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 2015, Strom led the Astros pitching staff to a 3.57 ERA, the best team ERA in the American League and the second-lowest produced by an Astros team since the club moved to Minute Maid Park in 2000. In his two seasons at the helm, Strom's pitching staff has improved steadily as the unit posted a 4.79 ERA in 2013 prior to Strom's arrival, to a 4.11 mark in 2014 and their AL-best 3.57 ERA last season. 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).