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MLB Hires Its First Female Coach

MLB Hires Its First Female Coach

Justine Siegal was named the first female coach in Major League Baseball history on Tuesday.

The Oakland Athletics hired Siegal as a guest instructor for the 2015 Instructional League season.

The 40 year old will assist with player development staff at the A's practice facilities in Mesa, Ariz., from October 4 to October 17, according to the Huffington Post.

"I feel qualified for this job," Siegal told

"I have a lot to learn, but I feel I've worked my way up the ranks. I can't stress enough how thankful I am for the opportunity."

The Huffington Post reports that Siegal holds a Ph.D. in sport and exercise psychology and is the president of Baseball For All, a nonprofit that works to provide coaching to young children, especially girls.

This is the second time Siegal has made history as a woman in baseball.

She became the first female coach to work for a men’s professional baseball team in 2009 when she coached the minor league Brockton Rox.

Jen Welter, the National Football League's first female coach, on Twitter, congratulated Siegal:

Siegal left these words of wisdom on Twitter: 

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