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First Black woman hired as coach in MLB

Bianca Smith will be the first Black woman ever to coach baseball at the professional level

Carol Ozemhoya - OW Contributor | 1/11/2021, 4:15 p.m.
Bianca Smith is making baseball history..

Bianca Smith is making baseball history, reports the New York Post. Major League Baseball’s Red Sox are hiring Smith as a minor league coach. MLB confirmed to the Boston Globe that Smith will be the first Black woman ever to coach baseball at the professional level.

Smith, who most recently was an assistant baseball coach and hitting coordinator at Carroll University in Wisconsin will primarily work with infielders at the Red Sox’s minor league facility in Fort Meyers, Fla.

“She was a great candidate coming in,” said Ben Crockett. Red Sox vice president of player development. “She’s had some really interesting experiences and has been passionate about growing her skill set and development herself.”

Smith has interned in the baseball operations departments of the Texas Rangers and Cincinnati Reds and worked in amateur administration for MLB. She played softball at Dartmouth from 2010-12 before working as director of baseball operations at Case Western Reserve University from 2013-17 and as an assistant coach with the University of Dallas in 2018, reports the Globe.

“It’s a meaningful, meaningful thing for the organization,” Crockett added.