In recent years, we’ve seen women get the opportunity to coach in a men’s professional sports league. The NBA was first, followed by the NFL, and now MLB has followed suit.
The Oakland A’s have hired baseball’s first female coach. Justine Siegal will be a part of the staff for Oakland’s Instructional League.
She’s Justine Siegal, a 40-year-old who has coached collegiate and independent baseball, and will now be a part of the coaching staff for Oakland’s Instructional League club in October.
Siegal has a history of barrier-breaking in baseball. She was the first woman to throw batting practice to MLB teams (she did so in 2011 for five teams, including the A’s). She’s also the first woman to coach pro baseball, when she was the first base coach for the independent Brockton Rox in 2009. Additionally, she also has a PhD in sport and exercise psychology and founded Baseball For All, a non-profit that helps provide opportunities in baseball, particularly for girls.