GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO)-- Colorado Mesa took its first step in starting a new era for the softball program on Monday by naming Candace Abrams as the new head coach.
Abrams is a graduate of the University of Arizona, where she was a member of the National Championship team in 2001.
"I'm looking forward to challenging the girls and challenging the [CMU] program to see how far they really want to take it," Abrams said on Monday. "Once they get [the taste of a national championship environment] it's hopefully something that's contagious."
After graduating in '04, Abrams began her coaching career at the Junior College level as an assistant at Pima Community College in her home town of Tuscon, AZ.
Pima won the NJCAA D-I title in 2006 while Abrams was on the coaching staff, and then in 2007 Abrams got her first head coaching job at Catalina Hills High School in Tucson.
After two years at Catalina Hills, Abrams spent 2008 and 2010 in Florida on the coaching staff for Barry University - a Division II program.
More recently, she returned to her alma mater to help as an assistant coach for the past two seasons.