Oakland A’s hire first female coach Justine Siegal
Until 2001, women had never even been considered for coaching jobs; while they are still not allowed to compete with the men, women being deemed capable to instruct professional athletes is a big step in the right direction.
It over a decade until the NBA hired its first full-time female coach, Becky Hammon, and other professional sports have been following suit. The NFL hired its first female official in 2015 and a woman got a job as an assistant coach, even though it was just for preseason.
Sarah Thomas and Jen Welter on field before game in AZ tonight. Very cool moment. pic.twitter.com/K4Al2ejPUl
— Dean Blandino (@DeanBlandino) August 16, 2015
Major League Baseball followed suit this week when the Oakland Athletics became the first MLB team to hire a female coach. Justine Siegal will only be coaching during October for the A’s instructional league, prior to the start of the Arizona Fall League but it is a step in the right direction.
There are also young women players who are making their mark playing alongside the boys such as Mone Davis and France’s Melissa Mayeux. To learn more about these pioneering women who are both coaches and players and how they are starting a revolution in professional sports you can read my entire column on Today’s Knuckleball using the link below: