When Bianca Smith suits up and takes the field as a coach in the Red Sox Minor League system, she’ll be making history as the first Black woman to coach baseball professionally.
When Bianca Smith suits up and takes the field as a coach in the Red Sox Minor League system, she’ll be making history as the first
I am so incredibly grateful for all of the support I’ve been getting! Of course none of this would be possible without the help of my family, friends, and the trailblazers who came before me. I can’t wait to get started. Thank you so much and go Red Sox!! https://t.co/17W4Ah92tl
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But while the former Dartmouth softball player and assistant coach/hitting coordinator at Wisconsin’s Carroll University is making history, she’s not the only athletic person in her family. That’s because her brother is Reggie Cannon, a right back for the U.S. Men’s National Team and Boavista FC in the Portuguese first division. Cannon has made 13 appearances with the National Team and should be in line to play for the U.S. at next winter’s World Cup in Qatar.
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While the two are succeeding at the top level of their respective sports, you won’t find Reggie in the crowd unless Bianca’s coaching.
“He’s not really a baseball fan,” Smith said about her brother on Thursday. “I did play soccer growing up, but I prefer playing it rather than watching it and he teases me all the time because I tell him I bring a book to his games. If he’s not on the field, I’m probably not watching. And he’s kind of the same way. If I’m not playing, he’ll come to support me but that’s about it.”
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The two have spoken recently, and Cannon has offered some help handling the attention that comes with being in a high-profile position in the sports world.
“He’s actually given me some tips on handling some of the social media, some of the comments,” Smith said. “For the most part, we’re very alike where it’s just part of our life. Honestly, it’s our other siblings we have to worry about. They’re the ones who get really hyped up about this.”
While Smith is not a soccer fan, there is one thing she wants to bring over from that world to share with her brother: the postgame jersey swap.
“I know he’s excited,” Smith said. “I guess now that it’s out, I want him and I to do a jersey exchange, which I think will be really cool. We’ll take a picture for that.”