Former Astros Star Lance Berkman to Be Named Houston Baptist Head Coach

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured Columnist IVMay 31, 2021

Texas Rangers' Lance Berkman (27) during batting practice before a baseball game against the Houston Astros, Monday, Aug. 19, 2013, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez

Houston Baptist fans will likely be familiar with their next baseball coach.

According to Mark Berman of Fox 26, the Huskies are planning on announcing former Houston Astros star Lance Berkman as their new head baseball coach during a press conference Monday.

"It's something I've been working toward since I retired from my playing career," Berkman said, per Berman. "It's been a dream of mine to be a Division I head coach. I think this is a wonderful opportunity."

Berkman opened up about how his playing experience should help him coach at the collegiate level:

Mark Berman @MarkBermanFox26

Former #Astros star Lance Berkman,inducted into the team’s Hall of Fame in 2020 & was a 6-time All-Star during his 15-year big league career, ready to take on the challenge of being the head baseball coach at Houston Baptist (@HBUHuskiesBSB). Lance believes he has a lot to offer: pic.twitter.com/CZzyxBkGco

The new manager played for the Astros, New York Yankees, St. Louis Cardinals and Texas Rangers during a major league career that lasted from 1999 through 2013.

He was best known for his time in Houston, which lasted from 1999 until 2010. He made five of his six All-Star Games with the Astros and finished in the top 20 of MVP voting six different times with the team.

However, his one World Series title came with the Cardinals during the 2011 campaign.

The position was available for Berkman because Jared Moon announced he resigned after 16 seasons.

Berkman will have his work cut out for him considering Houston Baptist went 14-38 overall and 11-27 in conference play during the 2021 season.