Alyssa Nakken just made history as the first woman to hold a full-time coaching position on a Major League Baseball team.
On Thursday, the San Francisco Giants announced the former Sacramento State softball player joined the staff as an assistant coach.
In a statement, manager Gabe Kapler discussed the group’s new hires, including fellow assistant coach Mark Hallberg.
“Alyssa and Mark are highly respected members of the organization and I’m delighted that they will now focus their talents on helping to build a winning culture in the clubhouse,” he said. “In every organization, environment affects performance, and baseball clubhouses are no different. That’s why in addition to assisting the rest of the coaching staff on the field, Mark and Alyssa will focus on fostering a clubhouse culture that promotes high performance through, among other attributes, a deep sense of collaboration and team.”
Nakken — who earned a master’s degree in sports management from the University of San Francisco — previously worked for the team as an intern, and then oversaw the organization’s health and wellness initiatives.
San Francisco also interviewed Rachel Balkovec, who was later hired by the New York Yankees as a minor league hitting coach.
In 2014, Becky Hammon became the first full-time assistant coach in the NBA, and in 2015, Jen Welter became the first female coach in the NFL.