Alyssa Nakken Bio
Alyssa Nakken is an American professional baseball coach for the San Francisco Giants of Major League Baseball (MLB). Nakken was a softball pitcher at Woodland High, where she won more than 70 percent of her games and had 25 shutouts for the four years at Woodland High School.
Alyssa Nakken became the first female coach on a major league staff in baseball history on Thursday when she was named an assistant under the new manager of the San Francisco Giants, Gabe Kapler.
Major League Baseball confirmed Nakken is the first female coach in the majors.
Nakken is a former softball standout at first base for Sacramento State who joined the club in 2014 as an intern in baseball operations. She and Mark Hallberg, who was also named as an assistant on Thursday, will work to promote high performance along with a close-knit team atmosphere.
Kapler, who expressed during the winter meetings that he would hire some coaches for non-traditional roles, said in a text message Nakken will be in uniform.
The team said Nakken has been responsible for “developing, producing and directing a number of the organization’s health and wellness initiatives and events”.
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Alyssa Nakken Education
Nakken attended Woodland High School graduating in 2008. She graduated from Sacramento State with a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Psychology in 2012. She earned a master’s degree in sport management from the University of San Francisco.
Alyssa Nakken San Francisco Giants Coach
On January 16, 2020, the San Francisco Giants hired Alyssa Nakken as the first female full-time assistant coach in Major League Baseball history. The rest of the Giants’ staff includes Craig Albernaz (bullpen and catching coach), Andrew Bailey (pitching coach), Brian Bannister (director of pitching), Kai Correa (bench and infield coach), Donnie Ecker (hitting coach), Ethan Katz (assistant pitching coach), Dustin Lind (director of hitting/assistant hitting coach), Nick Ortiz (quality assurance coach), Antoan Richardson (first base, outfield and baserunning coach), Justin Viele (hitting coach) and Ron Wotus (third base coach).
Alyssa Nakken Playing Career
In high school, Nakken played softball, basketball. At Sacramento State from 2009 to 2012, Nakken was a three-time all-conference player and four-time Academic All American. She went on to earn a master’s degree in sport management from the University of San Francisco in 2015.
Alyssa Nakken Age
Alyssa Nakken is 29 years old.
Alyssa Nakken Family
Her mother is named Gaye Nakken.