Carroll University's Bianca Smith hired by Boston Red Sox, makes history as 1st black woman to coach pro baseball
WAUKESHA, Wis. (CBS 58) -- A woman with ties to Wisconsin and now the Boston Red Sox has made history.
The Red Sox announced the hiring of 29-year-old Bianca Smith on Monday, Jan. 4, the first Black woman to coach in the history of professional baseball.
Most recently, Smith was an assistant baseball coach and hitting coordinator at Carroll University in Waukesha.
"For 175 years, #CarrollU has been known as the Pioneer College, founded in 1846 as Wisconsin's first four-year institution of higher learning. We are excited that Bianca Smith will be part of that Pioneer legacy.” - @Pio_Prez Cindy Gnadinger https://t.co/7i7kJhSuUe— Carroll University (@carrollu) January 5, 2021
According to MLB.com, Smith will serve as a minor league coach for the Red Sox organization.
In a tweet, Smith poured out thanks for all the support she's received since the news was shared saying she "can't wait to get started."
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
Back in 2019, CBS 58's Scott Grodsky met up with Smith when she was hired at Carroll University. Hear more from their interview below:
Bianca Smith was hired as a minor-league coach by the @RedSox becoming the first Black woman to coach pro baseball. I caught up with Bianca last year when she was hired at @carrollu.— Scott Grodsky (@ScottGrodsky) December 31, 2020
"Hopefully it becomes more of a normal thing that's not a surprise anymore." pic.twitter.com/LkUbP3oPlF
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