Alyssa Nakken made conference Baseball history by signing a contract with the metropolis Giants, becoming the primary woman to be hired as a full-time coach for an expert squad. Nakken will officially be a full-time assistant coach – one among the 13 coaches on the Giants’ staff.
On Jan. 16, Nakken joined atiny low list of ladies who have coached for the MLB. In 2011, Justine Segal was hired by the Cleveland Indians to assist with batting practice during their preseason. Later, the Oakland Athletics hired Segal for 2 weeks to teach their instructional league team. The ny Mets hired Jessica Medonza, a former ESPN analyst, to assist with player evaluations in March 2019. In Nov. 2019, the Yankees hired Rachel Balkovec as a bush league hitting coach, making her the primary full-time female hitting coach.
During her time as a student at Sacramento State, Nakken played softball and won many awards for her skill of the sport. consistent with the Washington Post, she “was a four time Academic All American, three time all-Pacific Coast Softball Conference selection and also the 2012 conference Scholar-Athlete of the year.” After her time at Sacramento State, Nakken earned her masters degree from the University of metropolis. Nakken originally joined the Giants’ staff in 2014 as an intern. She later went on to steer several health and wellness programs for the team.
Due to the MLB rule that only seven coaches is on the bench during a game, Nakken won't be present within the dugout. Nevertheless, Nakken will help coach Antoan Richardson with first base and outfield work before the games.
The metropolis Giants start their 2020 season on Mar. 26 against the l. a. Dodgers. Until then, the 13 coaches, including Nakken, hope to show the Giants into the following playoff Champions.