Fundraiser helps all 17 NIU sport programs
Dee Abrahamson enters her 16th year as an Athletics Administrator for Northern Illinois and her 31st year overall on the DeKalb campus.
Abrahamson, who is the Senior Woman Administrator for NIU Athletics, was the Huskies' head softball coach from 1979 to 1994, including a College World Series berth in 1988, and totaled an NIU career-record of 416-286-5.
In her current duties with NIU, Abrahamson oversees internal affairs units of athletic department including personnel, facilities, events, camps, clinics, in addition to oversight of several sport teams.
Abrahamson has served as the NCAA Softball Secretary Rules editor since 1996, and her responsibilities include all rule interpretations, editing the annual rule book, and educational programs for coaches and umpires. She is nationally recognized as an expert in softball and bat technology, and is also the liaison to the National Federation of High Schools and Amateur Softball Association, which is the National Governing Board for the sport.
The Wilmette, Ill., native played a vital role in the founding of the women's athletics program at Lincoln Trail College in Robinson, Illinois. Abrahamson, who was there from 1975-79, was the women's softball, basketball and volleyball coach, as well as the combined men's and women's swimming/diving team coach.
Abrahamson, a 2002 Northern Illinois Athletics Hall of Fame inductee, earned both her bachelors degree and masters degree from Western Michigan in 1974 and 1975 respectively. During her time in Kalamazoo, Abrahamson was a graduate assistant swimming coach from 1974-75.