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 MLB.com.

"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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