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Leading as a Performance Pioneer in Professional Baseball with Rachel Balkovec

Leadership Under Fire

Rachel Balkovec is making history this 2021 season as the first woman hired by a major league baseball team to work as a full-time hitting coach. Balkovec currently serves as a minor league hitting coach for the New York Yankees and has worked in professional baseball for seven years. Breaking through in 2014, she was hired as the minor league strength and conditioning coordinator for the St. Louis Cardinals—the first woman to hold that position in professional baseball. A year later she became the Latin American strength and conditioning coordinator for the Houston Astros. Balkovec is a former NCAA Division 1 softball catcher who earned two master’s degrees in sports performance and human movement and has completed five baseball internships.

51mins

22 Apr 2021

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57mins

31 Mar 2021

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36: NY Yankees Hitting Coach Rachel Balkovec on breaking barriers, ambition, and fighting through adversity

Opening the Playbook

Today, New York Yankees Hitting Coach Rachel Balkovec joins Opening the Playbook to share her path to becoming the first female hitting coach in the MLB. Rachel has a resume to impress, which includes a lengthy Division 1 softball career, a stint as a strength and conditioning coach at LSU, and an internship with the St. Louis Cardinals, but quickly found out it was about more than just what was on paper when it came to getting a job in baseball. It was about gender and being a woman. In this latest episode, Rachel shares her struggles with breaking into the sport (including briefly changing her name to try to gain traction) and what she now tells other women who want to do the same. Rachel has become a pro at turning adversity into opportunity, which has become obvious with her work with players. She has a passion for player development, and at times, uses her past experience to help better their game. She’s currently helping a pitcher who has the case of the yips, which is something that ended her playing career years ago. Today, she explains what that experience was like, being diagnosed with PSTD, and how she only recently has been able to throw a ball again. Episode topics: Becoming the first female hitting coach in the MLB Her struggle of trying to break into the MLB The yips and PTSD, and how she created opportunity from her experience Her passion for player development and the position she’s ambitious for Quote: “It’s never been my mission to be the first at anything but what I will say is that when I was 10 I said I wanted to be the first female kicker in the NFL…I’ve always been this rule breaker, this hellion, this I’ll show you, come from behind underdog type of human since I was very young. And no one from my childhood is surprised that I’m doing this.” -Rachel Balkovec Resources: Guest Info – Rachel Balkovec Instagram: @rachel.balkovec Twitter: @_rachelbalkovec Facebook: Rachel Balkovec Tiktok: @rachel.balkovec Website: www.rachelbalkovec.com Host Info – Christina Heydanus Instagram: @tinaheydanus Twitter: @tinaheydanus Show Info – Opening the Playbook Website: https://www.openingtheplaybook.com Instagram: @openingtheplaybook Facebook: Opening the Playbook

48mins

23 Mar 2021

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"I'm Not Done Yet" with Rachel Balkovec

Mi-Fit Podcast

This week on The MiFit Podcast I chat with New York Yankees hitting coach, Rachel Balkovec. Rachel has been in professional baseball coaching for 8 years and was the first female to be a full time strength and conditioning coach when she worked for the St. Louis Cardinals and the Houston Astros. Early in her career Rachel had to overcome extreme adversity and discrimination when she was applying for coaching jobs in baseball and even went as far as chaining her name on her resume to prove a point to the teams in the MLB. Rachel works extremely hard on her craft, she’s constantly trying to see the bigger picture in life, and she’s never too good for a job or task that is given to her. In many ways, Rachel has carved a path for woman who want to pursue coaching at the professional sports level and it was an absolute honor to have her on my show. Topics-Rachel’s story changing her name on her resume-Finding your identity outside of your career-What it means to be an extreme personal responsibilitist-How to stand out in a crowded industry-Using love and accountability to get the most out of your athletes-#NotDoneYet-Biggest struggle people are having in their careerFollow Rachel on IG at @rachel.balkovec or check out her website at https://www.rachelbalkovec.com If you enjoyed this show please be sure to leave a rating, review, and refer it to a friend. Your feedback is important to me and often times energizes me to keep putting out top-notch content. Thank you all for tuning in.

47mins

8 Mar 2021

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Conversing about Coaching with Rachel Balkovec, Minor League Hitting Coach with the Yankees

Sports Info Solutions Baseball Podcast

On this episode of the Sports Info Solutions Baseball Podcast, Mark Simon (@MarkASimonSays) is joined by Yankees minor league hitting coach Rachel Balkovec (@_rachelbalkovec), who is currently in Australia working as a coach with the Sydney Blue Sox.Rachel talks about how she came to be coaching in Australia (1:46). She then addresses the progress that women have made in baseball and other sports and the challenges women face in light of the Mets firing of their GM (5:24).Rachel also talks about the way she connects with players (11:21), the hardest thing to coach athletes on (13:36), and what she studied when she worked with Driveline (14:51). She also speaks about her favorite mentoring story (20:43) and provides perspective on how she viewed 2020 (25:12).Thank you for listening. Please rate and review the podcast if you can. You can also find Rachel at RachelBalkovec.com or on Instagram at @Rachel.Balkovec

29mins

21 Jan 2021

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Alyssa Nakken’s impact, solving MLB’s demographic problem with Rachel Balkovec

Giants Talk: A San Francisco Giants Podcast

On this episode of Balk Talk, Jessica Kleinschmidt is joined by Yankees hitting coach Rachel Balkovec to discuss a number of different topics, including the influence of Giants coach Alyssa Nakken, what it takes to be a good MLB hitter and how MLB can appeal to a younger demographic. (2:07) Balkovec details her journey to the Yankees organization(10:02) What does it take to be a good MLB hitter? (15:05) Balkovec discusses her interview with the Giants (27:50) Balkovec reveals how MLB can improve overall(35:09) How can MLB attract the younger demographic?

41mins

8 Jan 2021

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Episode 17 - Rachel Balkovec

The Players Podcast Australia

This is huge!  The boys get to talk to the first ever female hitting coach in the MLB, none other than Rachel Balkovec!  Mick & Jez ask Rachel all about her path from the first ever female strength & conditioning coordinator with the Cardinals, to becoming the first ever hitting coach with the New York Yankees organisation. They talk about the struggles and discrimination Rachel had to face to get to where she is now, and how Rachel ended up down under with the Sydney Blue Sox this season.  Check out our socials:  @rachel.balkovec @playerspodcastaustralia @michaelgahan @jaje55 

1hr 22mins

4 Jan 2021

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Episode 5 - RACHEL BALKOVEC: I'm not done yet! (PART 2)

Blue Sox Banter

Sydney Blue Sox Hitting Coach, Rachel Balkovec, has achieved more in her 33 years than many could even dream of in a lifetime.She’s been a Division 1 NCAA college softballer, strength and conditioning coordinator for the St Louis Cardinals minor league organisation, worked for the Houston Astros, gave up her dream job to study in Europe and became the first woman to be appointed hitting coach for a big league ball club; the New York Yankees no less.But it’s not just what she has achieved that is impressive. How she has done it is remarkable and truly inspiring.She was laughed at when asked why there were no women filling strength and conditioning roles in Major League Baseball. She was told that despite having an impeccable CV, she wouldn’t get a job in the game. Why? Because she was a woman.Unfortunately for others who have faced the same challenges and adversity, it’s where their story ends. For Rachel, that where her story starts. It’s a story of unwavering dedication, unshakable self-belief and incredible resilience.In this special two-part episode, Rachel sits down with host, Glen Hawke, to talk about the challenges, setbacks and achievements, what drives and motivates her and the history-making moments that changed her life, and potentially the lives of many women who hope to follow her path.RACHEL BALKOVEC – I’m not done yet!Follow Rachel on Twitter and InstagramFollow the Sydney Blue Sox on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.Website: sydneybluesox.com.auFollow Glen Hawke on Instagram and LinkedInThanks for listening. 

45mins

10 Nov 2020

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Episode 5 - RACHEL BALKOVEC: I'm not done yet! (PART 1)

Blue Sox Banter

Sydney Blue Sox Hitting Coach, Rachel Balkovec, has achieved more in her 33 years than many could even dream of in a lifetime.She’s been a Division 1 NCAA college softballer, strength and conditioning coordinator for the St Louis Cardinals minor league organisation, worked for the Houston Astros, gave up her dream job to study in Europe and became the first woman to be appointed hitting coach for a big league ball club; the New York Yankees no less.But it’s not just what she has achieved that is impressive. How she has done it is remarkable and truly inspiring.She was laughed at when asked why there were no women filling strength and conditioning roles in Major League Baseball. She was told that despite having an impeccable CV, she wouldn’t get a job in the game. Why? Because she was a woman.Unfortunately for others who have faced the same challenges and adversity, it’s where their story ends. For Rachel, that where her story starts. It’s a story of unwavering dedication, unshakable self-belief and incredible resilience.In this special two-part episode, Rachel sits down with host, Glen Hawke, to talk about the challenges, setbacks and achievements, what drives and motivates her and the history-making moments that changed her life, and potentially the lives of many women who hope to follow her path.RACHEL BALKOVEC – I’m not done yet!Follow Rachel on Twitter and InstagramFollow the Sydney Blue Sox on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.Website: sydneybluesox.com.auFollow Glen Hawke on Instagram and LinkedInThanks for listening.

47mins

10 Nov 2020

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#127 - New York Yankees Hitting Coach Rachel Balkovec

The MindStrong Project

Rachel Balkovec is a current hitting coach for the New York Yankees who is breaking the barriers of sport in society one day, one job, and one stereotype at a time.  In 2019, she was hired as the first full-time female hitting coach in a Major League Baseball organization.  Outside of that, Rachel's resumé contains arguably one of the most formidable rolodex's of jobs, experiences, and relationships.  She has held jobs in Strength & Conditioning in professional baseball with the St. Louis Cardinals, Houston Astros, and Chicago White Sox.  Before professional baseball, Rachel also had stops with the LSU Tigers, ASU Sun Devils, Driveline Baseball, the Dutch national baseball and softball teams, and Exos - in addition to completing multiple Master's degrees. Rachel is a habitual nomad with a passion for learning, teaching, and serving.  In her conversation with Harvey, Rachel drops some truth bombs about the power of being by yourself, finding mental space for creative flow, and overcoming unanimous doubt from others. Key Insights: 0' - Introduction 4:05 - Rachel's Travel's Across The World 10:05 - Understanding Your Past To Fuel Your Purpose 16:40 - How To Uncover & Understand Your Roots 23:01 - Creating Space For Yourself 29:05 - Dealing With The Negativity and Doubt From Others When Striving For Greatness 37:50 - Being Able To Do Nothing/Being Disconnected 41:30 - The Power of Reflection For Our Growth Where to Find Rachel Balkovec Website: https://www.rachelbalkovec.com/ Instagram: @rachel.balkovec Twitter: @_rachelbalkovec Product Links MindStrong Membership: Become A Member Here! Breathing 101 Course: Purchase Breathing 101 Course Here! Sauna Research Institute: https://www.saunastudies.com/ XEndurance: Buy XEndurance Products Here! (Use promo code 'MSP25' for 25% off!)

46mins

2 Nov 2020

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