Lately there have been more and more female coaches getting promoted in men's professional sports.
The Miami Marlins named Kim Ng as their new general manager back in November, making her the first woman to hold that title in any of the major men's sports leagues in North America.
Katie Sowers, an offensive assistant on San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan’s staff, became the first woman to coach in a Super Bowl (LIV between the 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs). This upcoming Super Bowl between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Kansas City Chiefs will also feature two more women on the Bucs coaching staff: Full-year coaching intern Jennifer King and assistant defensive line coach Lori Locust.
Becky Hammond made her head coach debut when San Antonio Spurs head coach Greg Popovich was thrown out of an NBA game.
Now, a familiar name in Eugene, Oregon has joined this esteemed group of women holding coaching positions in men’s sports.
On Sunday, the Milwaukee Brewers organization announced that former Oregon softball players Sara Goodrum was named Minor League hitting coordinator - making her the first woman to hold that job for an MLB organization.
“It just becomes your normal way of life,” Goodrum said during an interview with The Register-Guard. “Everyone that I've interacted with has been so supportive. So I never really thought about the gender part of it a lot.”
Kim Ng congratulated Goodrum on Friday: “I think it's great for the organization, for Milwaukee,” Ng told MLB.com. “I think it's great for baseball to put another woman in a more visible position for others to see.”
Goodrum, 27, played in the outfield for three years for the Ducks from 2012-2014. As a junior in 2014, she appeared in 33 games and made three starts batting .200 with 13 runs scored, two doubles, a home run and five RBIs. That season, Goodrum was named to the Academic All-Pac-12 Second Team.
Big congrats to Sara for making ‘herstory!'