The Houston Astros named Trey Hillman as the club's bench coach on Oct. 17, 2014.
Hillman joins the Astros from the New York Yankees, where he served as a special assistant in Major and minor league operations in 2014. Prior to joining the Yankees, Hillman spent the 2003-13 seasons as a manager and bench coach in the Majors and in Japan.
He began that run with a five-year stint (2003-07) managing the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters in Japan, leading the club to a championship in 2006 and three total playoff appearances (2004, 2006-07). After the Nippon-Ham Fighters championship, Hillman was named the 2006 Japan "Sportsman of the Year" by the Foreign Sportswriters of Japan. His success earned him a job managing the Kansas City Royals, a position he kept for three seasons (2008-10), before becoming the Los Angeles Dodgers bench coach for another three years (2011-13).
Prior to managing in Japan, Hillman spent 13 years managing and coaching at the minor league level in the Yankees system (1989-2001), and also served as Director of Player Development for one season with the Rangers (2002). He began his career as a coach in 1989 with Class A Prince William before landing his first managerial job with Class A Oneonta in 1990 at the age of 27.
His coaching, managerial and front office careers followed a three-year playing career as a middle infielder and third baseman in the Indians minor league system from 1985-87. He followed that up with a two-year stint (1987-88) as a scout for Cleveland.
Hillman is a graduate of the University of Texas-Arlington, where he was an All-Southland Conference infielder for three seasons. He is also a member of the UT-Arlington Hall of Fame and the Southland Conference Hall of Fame and is a Distinguished Alumni Honoree at UTA.
Hillman resides in Liberty Hill, Texas, with his wife Marie. The couple has two children, son T.J. and daughter Brianna.