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Assistant Coach Jennifer Abrams was inducted into the Reading High School Hall of Fame
Friday, Feb. 17 - Sunday, Feb. 19 | Atlanta, Ga. | Mewborn Field
Friday, Feb. 10 - Sunday, Feb. 12 | Baton Rouge, La. | Tiger Stadium
Abrams enters her second season as an assistant coach of the Nittany Lions after being hired in August of 2016 serves as the Penn State hitting coach as well as working with catchers.
In her first season with Penn State, Abrams helped outfielder Tori Dubois to First Team All-Big Ten honors as she hit at a .457 clip in Big Ten play to rank third in the conference. Dubois led Penn State with 31 runs, while tallying 30 RBIs to rank second. The starting left fielder also had six doubles, two triples and six home run. Finally, she secured 15 multi-hit games and nine multi-RBI games in 2017. Redshirt-sophomore Rebecca Ziegler also had a huge year at the plate under the tutelage of Abrams, with a team-high 55 hits and 12 doubles, earning her Big Ten All-Tournament honors.
BEFORE PENN STATE
Abrams came to Happy Valley after assisting the Seton Hall Pirates for three seasons. Serving as the Seton Hall hitting coach for three seasons, Abrams improved eight hitting categories for the Pirates including helping the 2015 Big East Rookie of the Year to finish 20th nationally with 20 home runs in 2015. Most notably, Abrams increased the team’s home runs from 27 in 2014 to 60 in 2015, while increasing slugging percentage from .378 to .459 and RBI from 140 to 231. Abrams coached four First Team All-Big East honorees, two Second Team All-Big East honorees and one Big East Rookie of the Year in her three seasons as the hitting coach at Seton Hall. Furthermore, Abrams helped with the outfielders, devising individualized skill workouts.
Prior to her stint at Seton Hall, Abrams was a personal hitting instructor in South Orange, New Jersey working with non-prospective student-athletes and managing lessons and clinics. She also worked with coaches for recreation and travel ball teams in order to develop hitting lessons.
Abrams worked as a graduate assistant in the athletic compliance office at Providence after serving as an intern for the softball team for one season. As an intern for the Friars, Abrams worked closely with the assistant coaches to develop practice plans, travel itineraries and equipment ordering.
Furthermore, Abrams served as a marketing intern at Planet Fastpitch and coached the Polar Crush Elite Softball Program for one season. She also spent time as a camp director at Providence and was a camp counselor at Notre Dame, Fairfield and Villanova.
As a four-year starter for Providence, Abrams made 188 starts for the Friars with a .293 career batting average. In her junior season she hit .347 en route to CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-District honors and etched her name in the Providence softball record book after scoring 35 runs and tallying 61 base hits to rank third in single season history for the Friars. Abrams notched All-Big East Academic honors four times and was the Big East Female Student-Athlete of the Year in 2011 and earned the Division I Scholarly Athlete Award.
After completing her four-year softball career, Abrams used her fifth year of eligibility to play field hockey for the Friars where she was named to the National Field Hockey Coaches Association Academic Squad in 2012.
A native of Boston, Massachusetts, Abrams graduated from Providence in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in marketing before completing her masters in business administration in 2012.