Justine Siegal is the Director of Sports Partnerships at the Center for the Study of Sport in Society, where she is responsible for cultivating relationships for academic program expansion, as well as enhancing existing relationships with Major League Baseball and other professional sports organizations.
Justine is the founder and executive director of Baseball for All, an organization that provides meaningful opportunities and instruction in baseball, especially for girls. Justine, with the help of her board of directors and volunteer staff, are changing the gender landscape of baseball. In 2002, Justine formed the Sparks, the first all-girls team to compete in a national “boys” tournament; This team was the subject of the documentary Girls of Summer.
For three years, Justine was an assistant baseball coach for Springfield College. She was the only woman coach in the collegiate baseball ranks. In 2009, Justine became first woman to coach first base in men’s professional baseball (Brockton Rox, CanAm League). Later and making history again, at the age of 36, Justine became the first woman to throw batting practice to a MLB team when she threw to the Cleveland Indians on February 22, 2011. She then went on to pitch BP to the Athletics, Rays, Cardinals, Astros, and Mets.
Justine serves as a Coach and Technical Commissioner for the International Baseball Federation. She has coached at the World Children’s Baseball Fair three times. In 2004, Justine sat on USA Baseball’s steering committee for the inaugural Women’s Team USA; that team went on to win gold at the Women’s Baseball World Cup. Justine later served as a consultant to the International Baseball Federation during their bid, to include both women’s and men’s baseball in the Olympics.
Justine received her PhD in Sport and Exercise Psychology from Springfield College (MA). Her academic focus is in performance enhancement, sport management, coaching, gender equity, and youth sports. She received her M.A. from Kent State University (OH) in Sport Studies, and her B.A. from St. Olaf College (MN) where she self-designed her concentration: “Leadership: Religion, Military, and Baseball.” Justine has taught as an adjunct professor at Springfield College and is a former Physical Education Teacher.
When not on the field, Justine enjoys hanging out with Jasmine, her beautiful and free-spirited 17-year old daughter.