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Joe Abraham Departs Hillsdale College Softball Program for Division I Toledo

Joe Abraham accepted a position at the head coach at the University of Toledo after 7 successful seasons with Hillsdale College. Photo by Sarah Klopfer
Joe Abraham accepted a position at the head coach at the University of Toledo after 7 successful seasons with Hillsdale College. Photo by Sarah Klopfer

Hillsdale College softball coach Joe Abraham has accepted the same position with the University of Toledo, effective immediately.

Abraham was the Chargers' head softball coach for seven seasons, compiling a record of 158-136. His 158 victories are the second-most by a coach in program history. He was named GLIAC Coach of the Year in 2016 and led Hillsdale to its first-ever conference tournament championship in 2018. The 2018 Chargers qualified for the NCAA Division II Regional Tournament and won a game at the regional, marking just the second time in school history either has happened.

A search for a new head coach is currently underway.

"Coach Abraham has built an outstanding softball program at Hillsdale College," said Director of Athletic Don Brubacher. "He recruited outstanding student-athletes and has led them to great academic and athletic success. It is with great regret we see him leave, but wish him the very best at the University of Toledo."

Abraham led the Chargers to winning seasons in six of his seven seasons at the helm of the program, with six 20-win seasons to his credit. By comparison, Hillsdale had six 20-win seasons in 15 years prior to his arrival. His players earned seven First-Team All-Conference honors and 11 Second-Team All-Conference honors in his seven seasons.