Candace Abrams 2012 13
Head Softball Coach
Candace Abrams begins her first season at the helm of the Colorado Mesa University softball program.
was named head coach July 2, 2012 after spending the past two years at her
alma mater, University of Arizona
, where she
served as an assistant coach under the legendary Mike Candrea.
spent the past two years at University of Arizona
working primarily with outfielders as well as scouting and observing opponent's tendencies in preparation for game day strategies.
This past season the Wildcats advanced to the NCAA Division I Super Regional title game before bowing out to eventual national runner-up, Oklahoma.
Prior to her arrival at University of Arizona she spent two years as assistant coach at NCAA Division II Barry University in Miami Shores, Florida, while pursuing her master's degree.
tenure at Barry University she
designed and implemented drills for outfielders, catchers and hitters.
assisted in recruiting student-athletes, fundraising and day-to-day operations.
During the summer of 2009 and 2010 she was Co-Head Coach for the 18-and-under Players Edge Elite travel team in Bakersfield, Calif.
organized drills, assisted in game decisions and participated in all aspects of training, coaching and preparing young adult athletes for competition.
Coach Abrams led the Catalina Foothills High School team in Tucson for two years in 2007 and 2008.
oversaw all aspects of the softball program, organizing practices for team and individual skill improvement, while creating a balance between academic and softball performance.
Abrams began her coaching career as an assistant coach at Pima Community College in Tucson from 2005-2007.
The Aztecs won the NJCAA Division I Championship in 2006 and the coaching staff was named Coaching
Staff of the Year.
duties included designing and implementing drills for outfielders and hitters.
developed specific weight training and conditioning programs and aided in the development of practices and games.
A graduate of University of Arizona she
played four years under Coach Candrea and was a member of the 2001 NCAA Division I National Championship softball team.
A four-year letterwinner, the versatile Abrams
played catcher and outfield during her
An Academic All-American Honorable Mention, she
graduated with a bachelor's degree in physical education and State of Arizona Teaching Certification in 2004.
Abrams earned her master's degree in Sport and Exercise Psychology in 2010 from Barry University.