San Francisco Giants hire first full-time female coach in MLB history

by Bryan Brammer · Jan 17th, 2020 12:07 pm

The San Francisco Giants announced on Thursday its decision to hire Alyssa Nakken as the team's new assistant coach, making her the first full-time female coach in MLB history.

After Nakken spent fours years playing first base at Sacramento State from 2009 to 2012, she joined the Giants' organization in 2014 as an intern in baseball operations. She went on to receive her master's degree from the University of San Francisco the following year.

Nakken's new role will consist of promoting player performance and maintaining a positive and thriving team culture.

The team also hired Mark Hallberg, a former player at Florida State, as an assistant coach.

Manager Gabe Kaplar said he is excited about his two new additions.

"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," Kaplar said. "In every organization, environment affects performance, and baseball clubhouses are no different."

Nakken was a three-time all-conference player and four-time Academic All American.