In his first season with the Bears in 2016, Strauss mentored 2016 MLB 19th round pick and second-team All-Big 12 choice LHP Daniel Castano, All-Big 12 honorable mention RHP Drew Tolson and first-team All-Big 12 honoree RHP Troy Montemayor. Additionally, Montemayor's phenomenal breakout season under Strauss earned him a 2016 ABCA first-team All-Region nod as he converted 14 of 15 save chances with a 0.78 ERA and 22 strikeouts in 23 innings.
During his time with the Waves, the Southern California native helped Rodriguez win two West Coast Conference regular season titles, two WCC Tournament titles, make three NCAA Regional and one Super Regional appearances. He helped develop All-American and 2014 WCC Pitcher of the Year Aaron Brown along with 15 All-WCC pitchers, four WCC All-Freshman Team pitchers and had 12 pitchers taken in the MLB Draft. From 2010-15 Pepperdine pitchers compiled a 3.78 ERA and 1.39 WHIP with 34 complete games, 24 shutouts, 71 saves, 3,002 hits allowed, 1,264 walks and 2,194 strikeouts in 342 games and 3,053.1 innings.
Prior to his time at Pepperdine, Strauss had three separate stays with Long Beach State as an assistant coach (1995-2000, 2006, 2008-09). At LBSU, he helped the program win three Big West championships, appear in six Regionals and finish third at the 1998 College World Series. In 2008, five of his pitchers were taken in the first five rounds of the MLB Draft, including Big West Pitcher of the Year Andrew Liebel. Overall, 65 players signed pro contracts while Strauss was at Long Beach State.
Among his other coaching stops, Strauss spent the 2007 season as an assistant coach at San Jose State, serving as pitching coach, third base coach and recruiting coordinator. From 2003-05 he was the pitching coach and recruiting coordinator for Loyola Marymount, where he had 11 pitchers sign pro deals and won two West Coast Conference Divisional Championship titles. From 2001-02 he was head coach at Glendale Community College, compiling a 66-25 record as he guided GCC to league titles each year and was twice named Western State Conference Coach of the Year.
As a player, Strauss spent two seasons at College of the Canyons before being a catcher at Long Beach State for College World Series runs in 1993 and 1994. He spent a year in the New York Yankees' minor league system before graduating from LBSU in 1996 with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology. He and his wife Nikki have two sons, Casey and Braden, and a yellow lab named Cutter.