Rich Dauer was named the Astros first base coach and infield instructor on Oct. 17, 2014.
Prior to joining Houston, Dauer spent two seasons (2013-14) as manager for the Double-A San Antonio Missions in the Padres organization. The former 10-year Major League infielder served four seasons as third base coach for the Rockies (2009-12), three seasons as Ned Yost's bench coach with Milwaukee (2003-05), six seasons as third base coach for the Royals (1997-2002) and two seasons as third base coach with Cleveland (1990-91). Dauer is one of a select few players to have won both a World Series and College World Series title, as he was a member of the 1983 Baltimore Orioles Championship club and two national championship teams at the University of Southern California (1973-74).
In 2013, his first year as manager of the Missions, Dauer received Texas League Manager of the Year honors en route to leading the club to the Texas League Championship title. In addition to his Major League coaching experience, Dauer has served as a Minor League manager, coach and roving infield instructor in the Colorado, Baltimore, Kansas City and Cleveland organizations.