Arizona Softball

Mike Candrea head coaching tree includes Flowing Wells, Arizona grad Candace Abrams

Make that 13 former players who played under Mike Candrea at Arizona who are presently head coaches.

It was reported here this week that Candrea’s coaching tree was at 12 former players with the hire of Caitlin Lowe to replace him at Arizona.

Candace Abrams, a former Flowing Wells High School standout, completed her first full season at Clarendon (Texas) Junior College this season after spending two seasons as the head coach at West Texas A&M.

Candace Abrams was a member of Arizona’s 2001 Women’s College World Series championship team.

A four-year letterwinner, the versatile Abrams played catcher and outfield during her career with the Wildcats. An Academic All-American Honorable Mention, she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Physical Education and State of Arizona Teaching Certification in 2004.

She has experienced coaching stops with Arizona as a graduate assistant, assistant at Pima College, head coach at Catalina Foothills High School in 2007 and 2008, assistant at Barry University at Miami Gardens, Fla., an assistant again at Arizona, head coach at Colorado Mesa, head coach at West Texas A&M and now head coach at Clarendon.

Clarendon finished 25-20-1 this season and placed six players on the all-conference team.


List of softball head coaches of various sports and different levels who competed at Arizona.
Compiled by
NameUATeam SportStart
Candace Abrams2000-04Clarendon (Texas) JCSoftball2020
Amy Baray-Rocha1999Salpointe Catholic HSSoftball2015
Jackie Coburn2002-05Scottsdale Horizon HSSoftball2013
Debby Day1989-91Cal-LutheranSoftball2002
Tanya Farhat-Villarreal1994-97West Bend (WI) Slinger HSSoftball2015
Kristie Fox2004-07UNLVSoftball2017
Krista Humphreys1993-96Corona (CA) Centennial HSSoftball2015
Stacey Iveson1986-89Israel National TeamSoftball2019
Caitlin Lowe2004-07Arizona Softball2022
Jennifer Martinez2008-09Abraham Baldwin (GA) JCSoftball2017
Jody Pruitt1990-93Peoria Sunrise Mountain HSSoftball2011
Rebekah Quiroz2002Pima CCSoftball2019
Gina Snyder2018-19Manatee (FL) SqueezeSoftball2020

FOLLOW @JAVIERJMORALES ON TWITTER! publisher, writer and editor Javier Morales is a former Arizona Press Club award winner. He is a former Arizona Daily Star beat reporter for the Arizona basketball team, including when the Wildcats won the 1996-97 NCAA title. He has also written articles for, Bleacher Report, Lindy’s Sports,, The Arizona Republic, Sporting News and Baseball America, among many other publications. He has also authored the book “The Highest Form of Living”, which is available at Amazon. He became an educator five years ago and is presently a special education teacher at Gallego Fine Arts Intermediate in the Sunnyside Unified School District

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