Alyssa Nakken Named First Full-Time Female Coach In MLB History

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San Francisco Giants manager Gabe Kapler changed MLB history forever by hiring Major League assistant coach Alyssa Nakken to the coaching staff. Nakken becomes the first woman to be hired as a coach in the bigs.

At Sacramento State, Nakken was a four-time All-Pacific Coast Softball Conference selection for first-team (2012), second team (2010-2011), and honorable mention (2009)

With the Giants, Nakken worked on player development, producing, and directing several health and wellness initiatives and events.

“Alyssa and Mark are highly respected members of the organization and I’m delighted that they will now focus their talents on helping to build a winning culture in the clubhouse,” Kapler said in a statement. “In every organization, the environment affects performance, and baseball clubhouses are no different. That’s why in addition to assisting the rest of the coaching staff on the field, Mark and Alyssa will focus on fostering a clubhouse culture that promotes high performance through, among other attributes, a deep sense of collaboration and team.”

Nakken wasn’t the only woman considered for the position, the Giants also interviewed recently hired Yankees Minor League hitting coach Rachel Balkovec.

From the MLB to NFL, waves of change bring new opportunities for eager and talented women to shine in an industry once shunned to female professionals. 

What a time to be alive.  

Davenport Secures Largest Comeback in School History at THE Spring Games

Davenport University picked up 2 wins today against Cedarville and Notre Dame (Ohio) where they happened to make the largest comeback in school history! 

Why Mary Nutter Is A Critical Battleground For Tournament Seekers

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Mark Allister is the author of Women’s College Softball on the Rise: A Season Inside the Game. He will be writing on DIII softball this spring and would welcome story ideas and comments at allister@stolaf.edu

LSU Travels To The Judi Garman Classic

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BATON ROUGE – The No. 4 LSU Softball team will travel to Fullerton, California for the Judi Garman Classic Thursday through Saturday at the Anderson Family Fields.  All five of LSU's games this weekend will stream online through FloSoftball. A fee to watch will be required. All five games will also be available via live stats at LSUStats.com.

THE Spring Games Weekly Viewing Guide: March 2-8

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THE Spring Games is back. With over 500 college softball teams participating, THE Spring Games is undoubtedly the largest college softball event in the world.

Loyalty and Consistency Keys To Success For LSU Softball

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Prior to the start of the 2020 season, the LSU Tigers were picked to finish third in the SEC Coaches poll behind Alabama and Tennessee. They opened the season ranked 11th in both the ESPN/USA Softball poll and USA Today/NFCA DI Coaches poll.

Alma College Remains 3-0 at THE Spring Games

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Alma College remains perfect at THE Spring Games after picking up their third straight win over Capital University, winning 9-3. They also plowed through their competition on Sunday, winning 22-1 over Northern Vermont-Johnson and 11-3 over Hanover College. 

What To Watch For At The 2020 Judi Garman Classic

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March is right around the corner, and the last week of February means play in the Judi Garman Classic will close out the opening month of the 2020 NCAA Softball. Cal State Fullerton will again host the 13-team event starting on Thursday, February 27 and running through Sunday.

South Dakota Finishes 4-1 at THE Spring Games This Week

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The Coyotes wrapped up their trip to THE Spring Games by defeating Merrimack 8-0. They were able to capture a 4-1 record on the week while improving their overall record to 8-8. 

Dawn Bodrug Throws A Perfect Game As Stony Brook Goes 5-0 On The Week

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Stony Brook had quite the showing at THE Spring Games as they went 5-0 on the week after defeating both Georgetown and Cornell. Not only did they leave Florida with a perfect 5-0 record on the week, but Dawn Bodrug also added on a perfect game to wrap up their journey at THE Spring Games. 

2020 Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic Photos: UCLA

UCLA softball photos from the 2020 Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic taken by Kelvin Kuo from USA TODAY Sports.

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