On January 4, 2021, Bianca Smith made history in the book of firsts for Black women. The Red Sox made it official by hiring her as a minor league coach. Making Bianca the first Black woman to coach in a professional baseball league.
“I want to continue to challenge myself and right now, that [goal] is MLB manager. I don’t see that changing anytime soon. … As much as I love coaching, I want to be in that position. I want to learn as much as I can to be in that role.” said Smith.
Smith, a 2012 graduate of Dartmouth College, played softball. She also played in high school. But before her love for softball started she played soccer. She wanted a career in baseball general management. Smith obtained a J.D. degree in sports law and an MBA in sports management from Case Western Reserve University in 2017.
From 2013 to 2017 Smith was the director of baseball operations at Case Western Reserve University. In 2018 Smith volunteered to be an assistant coach at the University of Dallas. Smith Interned in the baseball operations department of the Texas Rangers. She also interned for the Major League Baseball headquarters. In 2019 Smith was the assistant coach and hitting coordinator at Carroll University in Wisconsin. Smith managed to gain all of this experience while maintaining eight jobs to pay for her apartment.
The Red Sox only became integrated about six decades ago and were the last Major League Baseball team to do so. Now with them picking Smith, this makes her the first black woman to coach in professional baseball. And it is a big deal.
“It means more now than it did before. This is not what I was thinking when I accepted the offer. When I accepted it, I was just thinking I get to coach. I knew it was going to be a pretty big deal,” Smith said. “But to me, this is just an opportunity to hopefully inspire other women, other women of color who are interested in this game, who might even have the idea that they want to coach.” Smith told “CBS This Morning Saturday” co-host Dana Jacobson.
Congratulations Bianca and thank you for breaking barriers for Black women in sports.