Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Candace Abrams
Position: Volunteer Assistant Coach
Hometown: Tucson, Ariz.
High School: Flowing Wells

Candace Abrams enters her second year as Arizona's volunteer assistant coach.

Abrams joined the Arizona softball program in August 2010. Prior to coming on board at UA, Abrams, an Arizona alumnus, was the Assistant Coach at Barry University under Head Coach Danielle Penner.

In four years at Arizona playing under Coach Candrea, Abrams posted a .252 lifetime average with eight home runs in 210 career at-bats. The catcher-outfielder played in 132 games, starting 47 of them, while earning four letters at Arizona. She was apart of the 2001 National Championship team as a bullpen catcher. Abrams graduated in 2004 with a degree in physical education.

After graduation, Abrams was an assistant coach at Pima Community College under Stacy Iveson from 2005-2007. The team won the 2006 NJCAA World Series and the coaching staff was awarded Coaching Staff of the Year. During her time with the Aztecs she worked with the outfield and developed the strength and conditioning program.

In 2007, she took over as head coach at Catalina Foothills High School, where she compiled a record of 18-15 in two seasons.

Following her two years as Catalina Foothills head coach, she took a job as an assistant at Barry University where she worked from 2008-2010. There, she worked with the outfield, catchers and hitters. In 2010, she coached the hitters to a season batting average of .308, the seventh best mark in school history. Also in 2010, had four players recognized as second-team all-Sunshine State Conference as well as three players honored as all-region selections.

While at Barry, Abrams received her Master's Degree in sports and exercise psychology in 2010.

Abrams also co-coached an 18-and-under travel ball team, Player's Edge with Ryan Wigley. In 2010, the team won the Northern California USSSA State Championship. All high school seniors on the team went on to play collegiate softball.

Born Candace Amanda Abrams to Chris and Kori Abrams in Tucson, Abrams has one brother, Dustin.