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Bianca Smith      

Minor League Coach in the Boston Red Sox Organization; First Black Woman to Coach Professional Baseball

Bianca Smith is an American professional baseball coach in the Boston Red Sox organization. She is the first African American woman to serve as a professional baseball coach.

Smith attended Colleyville Heritage High School in Dallas, where she played softball and was a co-captain in her senior year. She next enrolled at Dartmouth College, where she played on both the varsity softball team and the club baseball team. She graduated from Dartmouth with a B.A. in sociology in 2012.

With an eye on pursuing a career as a baseball general manager, Smith obtained a J.D. degree and a MBA in sports management from Case Western Reserve University in 2017. At the same time, from 2013 to 2017, Smith worked as director of baseball operations for the Case Western Reserve Spartans.

In 2018, Smith was a volunteer assistant coach for the University of Dallas college baseball team, as well as an intern in the baseball operations departments of the Texas Rangers. She also interned at Major League Baseball corporate headquarters. In 2019, she was a baseball operations trainee with the Cincinnati Reds. In August 2019, she was hired as assistant athletic director for compliance and administration, and assistant baseball coach and hitting coordinator, at Carroll University in Wisconsin. Her coaching relied heavily on statistical metrics and data analysis.

On December 31, 2020, The Boston Globe reported that the Boston Red Sox would hire Smith as a minor league coach, to be based in Fort Myers, Florida, working with position players. On January 4, 2021, the Red Sox made the hiring official. Per the Red Sox' 2021 minor league assignments, she is part of the coaching staff assigned to the team's Fenway South complex, led by manager Tom Kotchman.


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