Bianca Smith is the next Minor League coach for the Boston Red Sox, becoming professional baseball’s first Black woman to serve as a coach.
“I am so incredibly grateful for all of the support I’ve been getting! Of course none of this would be possible without the help of my family, friends, and the trailblazers who came before me,” Smith said in a tweet.
Smith is the current assistant coach and hitting coordinator at Carroll University in Wisconsin. She played softball at Dartmouth College and has had internships in the baseball operations departments of the Texas Rangers and Cincinnati Reds. Before coming to Wisconsin, she was the director of baseball operations for four years at Case Western Reserve University.
The 29-year-old has an MBA in sports management from Weatherhead School of Management. While at Case Western Reserve University, she earned a doctorate of jurisprudence with an emphasis in sport law. She used her time as a student working on research projects about diversity in baseball, NCAA anti-trust laws and MLB salary caps.
I am so incredibly grateful for all of the support I’ve been getting! Of course none of this would be possible without the help of my family, friends, and the trailblazers who came before me. I can’t wait to get started. Thank you so much and go Red Sox!! https://t.co/17W4Ah92tl— Bianca Smith ⚾️ (@biancaesmith12) January 5, 2021
“I think it’s a great opportunity, also to kind of inspire other women who are interested in this game,” Smith said in an interview on MLB’s Hot Stove program. “This is not really something I thought about 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.”
She will join the Red Sox at their club player development facility in Florida where she will mostly work with position players.
“I want to be on a major league team and eventually I want to be a manager,” Smith told TODAY. “Some of the comments I’ve gotten about women not being able to coach is what drives me even harder.”
The hiring of Smith follows just months after the MLB welcomed its first woman general manager. In November, the Miami Marlins announced the position would be filled by Kim Ng, who has worked in the MLB for over 30 years.
“When I got into this business, it seemed unlikely a woman would lead a major league team, but I am dogged in the pursuit of my goals,” she said.
The @RedSox have hired @biancaesmith12 as a minor league coach, making her the first Black woman to coach in professional baseball history. 👏— MLB (@MLB) January 5, 2021
Here are some of her coaching philosophies. ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/28oqoKkK4q