MLB Hires Its First Female Coach
Justine Siegal was named the first female coach in Major League Baseball history on Tuesday.
— Oakland Athletics (@Athletics) September 29, 2015
The Oakland Athletics hired Siegal as a guest instructor for the 2015 Instructional League season.
It is not about being the "first" or the "only"...it's about creating a pathway for the girls coming up.
— Justine Siegal (@justinebaseball) September 28, 2015
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:
— Dr. Jen Welter (@jwelter47) September 29, 2015
Siegal left these words of wisdom on Twitter:
For everyone who has been told to quit their dream for being a girl or some other seriously lame reason. Ignore them. Dreams can come true.
— Justine Siegal (@justinebaseball) September 30, 2015
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