Alyssa Nakken became the first female coach on a major league staff in baseball history Thursday when she was named an assistant under new San Francisco Giants manager Gabe Kapler.

Major League Baseball confirmed Nakken is the first full-time female coach in the majors.

She is a former softball standout at first base for Sacramento State who joined the club in 2014 as an intern in baseball operations.

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She and Mark Hallberg, who also was named as an assistant Thursday, will work to promote high performance along with a close-knit team atmosphere, Kapler said.

Kapler had indicated during the winter meetings that he would hire some coaches for nontraditional roles.

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