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When the Boston Red Sox announced Bianca Smith, 29, as a new minor league coach, the hiring broke barriers, with Smith becoming the first Black woman to coach in professional baseball.
But during her introductory press conference on Thursday, she made it known that her coaching aspirations lie at the highest levels of the sport.
“I don’t want to limit myself and I want to go as I can,” Smith said. “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.”
Before her hiring with the Red Sox, Smith worked as the assistant coach and hitting coordinator at Carroll University in Wisconsin since 2018 and as an assistant coach at the University of Dallas in 2018. She also interned with the Cincinnati Reds and Texas Rangers organizations in addition to an internship with the Major League Baseball corporate offices.
Smith first started conversations with the Red Sox in early November, going through an interview process with