Rich Dauer joined the Houston Astros as the first base coach and infield instructor after being named to the post 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. 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. He was also the recipient of the Padres 2013 Jack Krol Award for contributions to player development.
The former 10-year Major League infielder (all with the Orioles) has almost two decades of Major League coaching experience, including 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).
In addition to his Major League coaching experience, Dauer has served as a minor league manager, coach and roving infield instructor in the Cleveland (1988-89), Baltimore (1992) and Kansas City (1993-96) organizations.
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). Following his 1974 season, Dauer was a first round selection (24th overall) by Baltimore.
A resident of Cumming, Ga., he and his wife, Chris, have three children, Casey, Kelsey and Katie, and a grandson Sam.