Legacy After The Locker Room Podcast: S3:EP11–Justine Siegal, First Woman to Coach Pro Baseball

Join us for S3:EP11 of the Legacy After the Locker Room Podcast as Justine Siegal, the first woman to coach pro baseball sits down with our host Kayla Bradham to discuss her journey and obstacles along the way to becoming a pro baseball coach and advocating for all through her nonprofit, Baseball for All.

When she was 13, Justine’s coach told her that girls are only supposed to play softball – not baseball. At that moment, she vowed she’d never quit.  At the age of 16, she set her sights on becoming a college baseball coach.  Despite being ridiculed, laughed at, and told no man would ever listen to a woman on the baseball field, she worked toward her goal, growing even more determined to realize her dream.

After earning her Ph.D. in Sport Psychology from Springfield College, Justine became the first woman to coach for a Major League Baseball Organization (Oakland Athletics, 2015) and to throw batting practice to an MLB team during Spring Training (Cleveland Indians, 2011). In 2016, she served as Mental Performance Coach for Team Israel at the MLB World Baseball Classic Qualifier. She served as a guest pro baseball coach in Japan and Mexico (2019). Justine is currently the Baseball Coordinator for the tv show, A League of Their Own.

Justine is giving back to the next generation with Baseball For All, a nonprofit she founded to provide opportunities for girls to play, coach, and lead in baseball. She is an inductee of the National Women’s Sports Museum and has been named as an Everyday Hero by espnW. USA Baseball nominated her as an IOC Woman of the Year.  Her A’s jersey is in the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown and her baseball card is in Topps’ 2020 Allen & Ginter Collection. Justine is the proud mother of a fiercely independent and joyful 23-year old.

Justine Siegal joins our host Kayla Bradham on S3:EP11 of the Legacy After The Locker Room Podcast


  • 00:00 Introduction
  • 00:50 Justine Growing Up Playing Sports
  • 02:20 “Girls Can’t Play Baseball” Story
  • 04:45 Advice to Parents
  • 05:45 Journey to Coaching Pro Baseball
  • 07:55 Justine’s Education
  • 09:55 Working on T.V. Show; A League of Their Own
  • 13:00 Ph.D Journey
  • 15:35 Baseball For All Foundation | Justine’s Social Media Handles
  • 18:25 Creating a Safe Space for All
  • 20:20 Justine’s Advice and Words of Wisdom
  • 25:25 Justine’s Favorite Experiences
  • 28:10 Being Called a Hero
  • 20:25 Parting Words


Kelsey Donnolo

Kelsey Donnolo

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