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CSU Alumna Makes Major League Baseball History as First Female Coach



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​San Francisco Giants makes a historic hire on its coaching staff with the addition of Sacramento State alumna Alyssa Nakken. Photo Courtesy of Sacramento State ​


​The San Francisco Giants named Alyssa Nakken, a Sacramento State University alumna, as assistant coach on January 16, making her the first full-time female coach in Major League Baseball history, and the first female coach for the Giants, according to AP News.

A former Sacramento State Hornets softball star from 2009 to 2012, Nakken was a three-time all-conference player and four-time Academic All American.  

Nakken joined the Giants in 2014 as an intern in the baseball operations department and in her most recent role, she has been responsible for developing, producing and directing a number of the organization's health and wellness initiatives and events, according to a team statement.

A psychology major, Nakken graduated from Sacramento State in the spring of 2012 with a 3.76 grade point average. She later added a master's degree in sports management from the University of San Francisco in 2015.