Published: Sun, January 19, 2020
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Giants' Alyssa Nakken becomes first female coach in Major League Baseball history

Giants' Alyssa Nakken becomes first female coach in Major League Baseball history

"That is why Mark and Alyssa will not only support the rest of the coaching staff in the field, but will also focus on promoting a clubhouse culture that promotes peak performance through a deep sense of collaboration and team spirit, among other things".

Nakken, a four-time Academic All American softball player for Sacramento State, joined the Giants in 2014 as an intern and worked on a variety of projects, according to a Giants press release.

Nakken was a three-time All-Conference first baseman with Sacramento State and later earned a master's degree in sport management at the University of San Francisco.

"Alyssa and Mark are highly-respected members of the organization", Kapler said in a statement on Thursday.

The New York Yankees named Rachel Balkovec as a full-time minor league instructor in November, making her baseball's first female hitting instructor. She's been with the Giants organization. "I believe this incredible journey is just the beginning and I know that she will enjoy the ride".

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"Named in honor of late front office employee Anita Sprinkles, the award is considered the "Willie Mac Award" of the Giants' front office and recognizes individuals for ethics, professionalism and humanitarianism", the Major League Baseball wrote in their press release.

The San Francisco Giants have hired Major League Baseball's first full-time female coach. She becomes the first female coach at the level of the big leagues.

Nakken moves to Kapler's coaching staff from her current role overseeing the Giants' health and wellness initiatives. You and Mark Hallberg, who was also named as an assistant on Thursday, will ensure top performance together with a close team atmosphere.

"Simply, I mediate she's going to be a broad coach", Kapler said. "Her positive energy, intellect and tremendous drive to succeed will be an invaluable asset to the Giants players and organization".

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