Giants hire Alyssa Nakken as 1st female coach in MLB history

Alyssa Nakken is the first woman hired by an MLB coaching staff. (Courtesy/San Francisco Giants)

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.

“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 a statement. “In every organization, environment affects performance, and baseball clubhouses are no different.”

Nakken joined Giants as intern in 2014

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 prior to joining the Giants and has a masters degree in sports management from the school.

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