Red Sox hire Bianca Smith, first Black woman to coach professional baseball
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The Boston Red Sox announced late Monday that Bianca Smith would make history as the first Black woman to coach in professional baseball.

Smith, 29, was hired as a minor league coach. She will be based at the club’s player development facility in Fort Myers, Fla., and work mainly with position players.

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“The opportunity is amazing,” Smith said in an interview on MLB Network’s "Hot Stove" program on Monday. “I’m still wrapping my head around it. I probably won’t really have it sink in until I’m actually there.

"I think it’s a great opportunity also to kind of inspire other women who are interested in this game. This is not really something I thought about it when I was younger. I kind of fell into it being an athlete. So I’m excited to get that chance to show what I can do.”

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The former Dartmouth College softball player graduated in 2012.

She is currently the assistant coach and hitting coordinator at Carroll University in Wisconsin, a role she has held since 2018.

“As the hitting coordinator, I run all of our technology side for hitting at Carroll,” said Smith. “The number of different resources that the Red Sox have as far as tech goes, I’m really excited to get my hands on that and learning the different metrics and being able to dive deeper into what I currently have is pretty exciting.”

Smith previously worked as the director of baseball operations at Case Western Reserve University in Ohio and had internships with the Texas Rangers and Cincinnati Reds.

In November, the Miami Marlins announced the hire of Kim Ng to be the team’s new general manager, the first female and first Asian American GM the league has ever had. 

Female coaches have been making strides in other sports leagues as well.

Becky Hammon, an assistant coach for the San Antonio Spurs, made history last week when she became the first woman to act as head coach during a regular-season NBA game.