The Boston Red Sox announced Monday that they have hired 29-year-old Bianca Smith as a minor league coach.
Smith becomes the first black woman to train in professional baseball.
Smith has been an assistant coach and stroke coordinator at Carroll University in Wisconsin since 2018. With the Red Sox, she will work at the team’s player development facility in Fort Myers, Florida, working primarily with positional players.
“The opportunity is incredible,” Smith said Monday during an interview with MLB Network. “I’m still wrapping my head around it. I probably won’t really let it sink in until I’m actually there.”
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Smith previously served as the Director of Baseball Operations at Case Western Reserve University from 2013-17 and as an assistant coach at the University of Dallas in 2018. She also interned with the Texas Rangers and Cincinnati Reds in their baseball operations departments.
“I think it’s a great opportunity to inspire other women who are interested in this game,” Smith told MLB Network. “That’s not really something I thought of when I was younger. I kind of fell into it as an athlete. So I’m looking forward to getting this chance to show what I can do.”
In November, the Miami Marlins named Kim Ng general manager, making her the first female GM in their MLB.