Giants make Alyssa Nakken first female coach in MLB history

The San Francisco Giants made a historic transaction on Thursday, hiring Alyssa Nakken as the first female coach in MLB history.

She will be an assistant coach to manager Gabe Kapler alongside fellow new hire Mark Hallberg.

Nakken, 29, joined the Giants in 2014 as a baseball operations intern. She has worked with the Giants in their draft and player development processes and currently directs the team’s health and wellness initiatives, according to the team.

She was a three-time All-Conference selection and four-time Academic All-American while playing first base for Sacramento State’s softball team from 2009-12.

She worked as the chief information officer for the University of San Francisco baseball team before to joining the Giants and has a masters degree in sports management from the school.

Kapler said Nakken will travel full time with the team, will be in uniform before games and will throw batting practice and hit fungoes.

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“Simply, I think she’s going to be a great coach,” Kapler said. “Merit and the ability to be a great coach trumps all.”

The team said Nakken has been in charged for “developing, producing and directing a number of the organization’s health and wellness initiatives and events.”

At Sacramento State from 2009 to 2012, Nakken was a three-time all-conference player and four-time Academic All-American.

She went on to earn a master’s degree in sports management from the University of San Francisco in 2015.

“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,” Kapler 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.”

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