CMU hires former Arizona player to coach softball
Former University of Arizona softball player Candace Abrams was hired to take over the Colorado Mesa University softball program, CMU announced today.
Abrams was an assistant coach the past two years at her alma mater working with the outfielders and scouting opponents in preparation for upcoming games. The past season, the Wildcats advanced to the NCAA Division I Super Regional title before losing to eventual national runner-up Oklahoma.
“CMU is thrilled to have Candace on board and we look forward to welcoming her as a member of our coaching staff. She is eager and ready to begin her tenure as head coach” CMU athletic director Butch Miller said in a release. “Candace’s experience, success and knowledge as a player and coach at a Division I institution as well as her coaching background at every level is impressive. I am confident that Maverick softball will continue to rank as one of the top teams in the upper echelon of Division II softball.”
Abrams began her coaching career as an assitant coach at Pima (Ariz.) Community College for two years. She was a head coach at a high school in Tucson, Ariz., for two years and a co-head coach for an 18-under travel team in Bakersfield, Calif. Abrams was an assistant coach position at NCAA Division II Barry (Fla.) University for two years before returning to her alma mater.
Abrams played four years at the University of Arizona and was a member of the 2001 NCAA Division I national championship team. She played catcher and outfielder during her career and was an academic All-American honorable mention selection. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in physical education and received a State of Arizona teaching certification in 2004.