2020 Is kicking off a new decade already with some new firsts, this time coming from the San Francisco Giants who have just announced that Alyssa Nakken is officially the first female coach in Major League Baseball.
MLB confirmed Nakken last week where she will serve as an assistant coach under the new Giants manager, Gabe Kapler. Nakken is a former softball first base woman for the Sacremento State and originally signed on with the giants in 2014 as an intern in baseball operations where was responsible for “developing, producing, and directing a number of health and wellness initiatives and events.” She was promoted alongside her colleague Mark Hallberg to promote high performance and team cohesion.
Since Kapler signed on as the new manager, he sought to diversify the coaching staff as well as create “nontraditional roles” to help enhance team performance through new methods and different approaches. Nakken is part of this plan and she will travel with the team in full uniform to work with the athletes at every game.
“Simply, I think she’s going to be a great coach,” Kapler said. “Merit and the ability to be a great coach trumps all.”
Nakken played for Sacremento State from 2009-2012 where she 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.”
By Dirk Smith
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