Alyssa Nakken, along with Mark Hallberg, was promoted to assistant coaches to help "build a winning culture in the clubhouse", according to the Giants' new manager. "In every organization, environment affects performance, and baseball clubhouses are no different". This is the reason why Mark and Alyssa will not only support the rest of the coaching staff in the field, but will also focus on promoting a clubhouse culture that, among other things, promotes peak performance through a deep sense of cooperation and teamwork.
Alyssa Nakken - who worked together with the Giants' health and health initiatives and events that the previous two years - was a celebrity to the Sacramento State softball team from 2009-12.
After graduating from Sacramento State in 2012, she went on the earn her master's degree in sports management from the University of San Francisco, graduating in 2015.More news: Keefe after loss to Blackhawks: Leafs are being 'an immature team'
She is now responsible for organizing numerous Giants health and wellness initiatives. "I believe this incredible journey is just the beginning and I know that she will enjoy the ride".
Giants manager Gabe Kapler told the Sacramento Bee newspaper that Nakken would work with players on throwing batting practice and base running.
Last month, she was nominated by her peers and co-awarded the 2019 Sprinkles of Love Award, a Giants honor, for her ethics, professionalism and humanitarianism. Kepler also announced the hiring of assistant coach Mark Hallberg.More news: Mithali Raj demoted to Grade B in BCCI central contracts
Nakken wasn't the only woman considered for a job on Kapler's staff.
In November, the New York Yankees hired Rachel Balkovec as their full-time minor league coach.
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During Nakken's time as a softball player, she was a four-time National Fastpitch Coaches Association Scholar athlete and a four-time Pacific Coast Softball Conference Honor Roll recipient.