Lester Strode is in his 28th season as a member of the Cubs organization, and his 10th at the major league level as the club's bullpen coach ... he is currently the longest-tenured coach on the major league staff. Pitched with Kentucky State University in college … twice led the NAIA in strikeouts. Participated in the 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 Cubs Caravans. Strode: Managerial and Coaching Career Prior to his current role, Lester was the Cubs minor league pitching coordinator from 1996-2006. Spent the 1994-95 seasons with the major league club as a pitching assistant. Was a pitching coach in the Cubs minor league system during the 1989-93 campaigns … worked at Rookie-League Wytheville in 1989, Class A Peoria from 1990-91, Class A Winston-Salem in 1992 and Class A Daytona in 1993. Strode: Playing Career Lester pitched in the minor leagues from 1980-88 with Kansas City, Baltimore, St. Louis and the Cubs farm systems. Began his career with Kansas City, going 0-1 with a 1.80 ERA (4 ER/20.0 IP) in six games (five starts), including one complete game effort for the Royals Gulf Coast League club. Was a Southern League All-Star in 1984, going 9-2 with seven complete games and a 2.43 ERA (25 ER/92.2 IP) in 13 starts for Double-A Memphis. Had a brief stint with Triple-A Iowa in the Cubs farm system in 1988, his final professional season … was 1-1 with a 3.67 ERA (17 ER/41.2 IP) in 18 games for the I-Cubs.