The Boston Red Sox announced on Monday that they made 29-year-old Bianca Smith a minor league coach.
Smith became the first black woman to become a coach in professional baseball.
Smith has worked as an assistant coach and hitting coordinator at Carroll University in Wisconsin since 2018. With the Red Sox, she will primarily be based at the team’s player development facility in Fort Myers, Florida, working with position players.
“The opportunity is amazing,” Smith said during an interview with MLB Network on Monday. “I’m still wrapping my head around him. I won’t drown until I’m actually there.”
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Prior to that, Smith worked as director of baseball operations at Case Western Reserve University from 2013 to ’17 and as an assistant coach at the University of Dallas in 2018. He also did internships with the Texas Rangers and Cincinnati Reds in their baseball operations divisions. .
“I think this is a great opportunity to inspire other women who are interested in the sport,” Smith told MLB Network. “It’s not really something I thought about when I was younger. I fell into being an athlete. So I’m excited to show what I can do.”
In November, the Miami Marlins named Kim Ng general manager, making her the first female GM of MLB.