Trey Hillman is in his second season as the Astros bench coach after being named to the post on Oct. 17, 2014. Prior to joining the Astros, Hillman was a special assistant in Major and minor league operations for the New York Yankees in 2014, and spent the previous 11 seasons (2003-13) as a manager and bench coach in the Majors and in Japan. He began that run with a five-year stint (2003-07) managing the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters in Japan, leading the club to a championship in 2006 and three total playoff appearances (2004, 2006-07). After the Nippon-Ham Fighters championship, Hillman was named the 2006 Japan "Sportsman of the Year" by the Foreign Sportswriters of Japan. His success earned him a job managing the Kansas City Royals, a position he kept for three seasons (2008-10). Following his managerial stint, Hillman served as the bench coach for the Los Angeles Dodgers for three years from 2011-13. Prior to managing in Japan, Hillman spent 13 years managing and coaching at the minor league level in the Yankees system (1989-2001), and also served as Director of Player Development for one season with the Rangers (2002). He began his career as a coach in 1989 with Class A Prince William before landing his first managerial job with Class A Oneonta in 1990 at the age of 27. His coaching, managerial and front office careers followed a three-year playing career as a middle infielder and third baseman in the Indians minor league system from 1985-87. He followed that up with a two-year stint (1987-88) as a scout for Cleveland. Hillman is a graduate of the University of Texas-Arlington, where he was an All-Southland Conference infielder for three seasons. He is also a member of the UT-Arlington Hall of Fame and the Southland Conference Hall of Fame and is a Distinguished Alumni Honoree at UTA. Hillman resides in Liberty Hill, Texas, with his wife Marie. The couple has two children, son T.J. and daughter Brianna.