For the first time in state history, a Colorado high school baseball team is being coached by a woman.
As reported by Denver CBS affiliate KCNC, Longmont Christian is preparing to enter the 2018 season with a new head coach who happens to also be the first female baseball coach in state history. Kami Puchino, a 24-year softball coaching veteran, is switching codes to lead a baseball team for the first time.
Puchino’s breakthrough is a natural development for her, and one which she had no idea held historical significance.
For their part, both the players and coach agreed that playing for the first female baseball coach in state history was no big deal, particularly given her commitment to winning.
“That is really cool, that our coach is the first female coach,” sophomore player Rylee Dugan told KCNC. “I really didn’t have a problem with it. There’s no letting up. No messing up. If you mess up, you have to run.”
There is one potential twist: Puchino is openly advocating for girls to try out for the team if they can be competitive with their male counterparts. That policy corresponds with Puchino’s holistic philosophy about coaching.
“(Being the first female head coach) is no big deal. I just want to go out and coach, I love it. I love the kids. I love the sport. I don’t do it for the glory, I do it for the kids,” Puchino said.