Dave Hudgens was named the Houston Astros hitting coach on Oct. 17, 2014.
This marks his fourth stint as a Major League hitting coach, which included the last four seasons with the New York Mets (2011-14). His other two stints came with Oakland for the 1999 season and then again with the A's from 2003-05. Hudgens and Astros manager A.J. Hinch crossed paths in Oakland in 1999 as Dave coached A.J. in what was his second Major League season.
Hudgens' coaching career dates back to 1985, when he managed Rookie Level Pocatello in the Pioneer League at the age of 28. He would manage four years (1985-88) in the Oakland organization before joining Houston as a roving hitting instructor in the Astros system for seven seasons (1989-95).
Hudgens returned to Oakland in 1996 and spent the next 10 years (1996-2005) serving as Oakland's assistant director of player development (1996-98, 2000-02) or Major League hitting coach (1999, 2003-05), spending two stints in each position.
After his succesful 10-year run with Oakland, Hudgens joined the Cleveland organization and served as the Indians field coordinator for five years (2006-10) before his most recent stint with the Mets.
Hudgens has also managed parts of six seasons (2009-14) in the Venezuelan Winter League, all with Caracas, guiding them to playoff appearances in five seasons, including winning a VWL Championship in the 2009-10 season.
His coaching days followed a six-year playing career (1979-84) with the Oakland and Cleveland organizations, which included a stint in the Major Leagues with Oakland in 1983.
Hudgens makes his offseason home in Lubbock, Texas, and has four children: Jordan, Heather, Tressa and Rock.