PULASKI, Va. (CBS19 Sports) -- Betsy Haugh, a former soccer player from Albemarle High School, is trading in her cleats for baseballs, as the new General Manager of the Pulaski Yankees.
Haugh has been working in minor league baseball since 2016. She began as an intern with the Danville Braves, and has since worked her way up to a full-time publicist, Assistant GM of the Yankees, and now GM.
The Pulaski Yankees are an advanced rookie league team in the New York Yankees farm system. They are currently in first place in the Appalachian League.
Haugh grew up around sports, joking that her "family vacations were always sports tournaments, not trips to the beach."
As a young woman in the business of sports, Haugh knows there are challenges along the way.
"I've been asked before if its ever intimidating to sit in a room with people who have been in business for 60-something years. And in that situation sometimes I say 'no it's not,' because in that room with our ownership group, I know I'm the one who knows the most about baseball."
Betsy's confidence and expertise in the sport, at the age of 25, lead her to be named the 2018 Rawlings Woman Executive of the Year, awarded to one woman in Minor League Baseball every year.
"Yeah I'm young and a woman but that has never stopped us from being able to communicate well," Haugh said. "I have that knowledge of baseball and that's what I bring to the table."
Now, a mentor in the industry, Haugh hopes to help other women entering the MiLB.
"Now is the best time for a woman to get involved in minor league baseball," Haugh said. "It's on us to help others get there as well and I think that's something we all really embrace and enjoy trying to do."