Six-time MLB All-Star Lance Berkman has a new role in the sport.
Berkman was introduced Monday as the new head coach at Houston Baptist, which is a 17-minute drive from Minute-Maid Park, home of the Astros.
"I know obviously whenever you're hiring somebody that has limited to no college coaching experience, it's a little bit of a gamble," Berkman told Mark Berman of FOX 26. "Houston Baptist is willing to take that chance. They've shown confidence in my abilities to run a Division-1 program. First and foremost, that's why I'm excited about it. But also, I think missionally, we're very much aligned. They do a good job of combining faith and education. Those are things that are important to the school and they're also important to me. It's just a good fit all the way around."
Berkman had previously been the head coach at Second Baptist School, a private high school in Houston. His four years at the helm of the program were highlighted by a state championship victory in 2016.
Affectionally referred to as "the Big Puma," Berkman spent 15 years in the majors, including 11 1/2 seasons with the Astros. Berkman was a part of the 2005 Astros team, which became the first in franchise history to reach the World Series. In addition brief stints with the New York Yankees and Texas Rangers, Berkman helped the St. Louis Cardinals to win the World Series in 2011. The switch-hitter finished his career with a slash line of .293/.406/.537, along with 366 home runs and a .943 OPS.