With not a ton of news during this lockout, the Pirates made some waves Tuesday evening with a coaching staff hire. The Pirates have hired the first-ever in-uniform female coach in their 134+ years of existence. Her name is Caitlyn Callahan and she will serve as a development coach. DK Pittsburgh Sports Pirates beat reporter Alex Stumpf was the first to report the hiring.
The Pirates have hired Caitlyn Callahan as a development coach. She is the first in-uniform female coach in franchise history, per team source.
She interned w/ Reds the past 2 seasons. Has a degree in kinesiology and played 4+ years of softball at Boston University and St. Mary's
— Alex Stumpf (@AlexJStumpf) December 22, 2021
Callahan played college softball for both Boston University and St. Mary’s College. Her most recent coaching experience came with the Cincinnati Reds as a minor league video & baseball technology intern. As a little fun note: According to her LinkedIn profile, she also was a server at Hillstone restaurant in Los Angeles while balancing an internship with the Reds.
Callahan joins more than twenty other female coaches currently in Major League Baseball, including Bianca Smith, a minor league coach with the Boston Red Sox, Rachel Balkovec, a hitting coach with the Yankees and Giants assistant coach Alyssa Nakken.
Will we see even more inclusivity in the still male-dominated sport in the near future? Only time will tell.