Brent Strom, 64, was named the Astros pitching coach on October 22, 2013. He spent the last six seasons (2008-13) with the St. Louis Cardinals organization, serving as the Cardinals Minor League pitching coordinator (2012-13) and Minor League pitching instructor (2008-11). This will be Strom's third stint as a Major League pitching coach and his second with Houston, having been in the same position for the Astros in 1996 and for Kansas City from 2000-01.
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 experience as a Minor League coach and instructor with the San Diego (1997) and Montreal/Washington organizations (1998-99, 2002-06). His coaching career followed a playing 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 played two Minor League seasons in the Astros system from 1979-80.