Major League Baseball (MLB) franchise San Francisco Giants have made history by hiring the first full-time female coach in MLB history. Giants released a statement on Thursday night (Friday IST) to announce the appointment of Alyssa Nakken as their new coach. Alyssa Nakken, 29, had been associated with the Giants since 2014. She will join manager Gabe Kapler's team as an assistant coach.
Two more Giants assistant coaches, and one is Alyssa Nakken. She played softball at Sac State and has been with the Giants the past few years, most recently working on health and wellness initiatives. First joined team as intern in baseball ops. Other hire: Mark Hallberg.— John Shea (@JohnSheaHey) January 16, 2020
Alyssa Nakken is a former Sacramento State softball player. She began working with the Giants as an intern in the baseball operations department before leading health-and-wellness initiatives for the franchise. MLB insider Kerry Crowley noted that her appointment is historic as she will not only be the first female coach in Giants history but also the first full-time female coach in the MLB.
Excited to see Alyssa Nakken added to the @SFGiants coaching staff. She's been w/ the organization the last 2 years & is a former softball player at Sac State. Her focus will be in the clubhouse & helping create a strong culture. Good to see more women get opportunities in @MLB👏🏼— Kelli Johnson (@KJohnsonNBCS) January 16, 2020
Kapler: “...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.”— Mark W. Sanchez (@MarkWSanchez) January 16, 2020
Along with Alyssa Nakken, San Francisco Giants announced the appointments of Mark Hallberg as a fellow assistant coach, Antoan Richardson as outfield and baserunning coach, and Nick Ortiz as quality assurance coach.
Alyssa Nakken along with Hallberg will be assisting the coaching staff of the field. They will also be working to improve the Giants culture that promotes a sense of collaboration and other attributes in the team.
San Francisco Giants will begin their preparation for the upcoming MLB season on February 22 (February 23 IST) when they face Los Angeles Dodgers in a spring training game.