Acclaimed UCLA softball coach Enquist to retire

LOS ANGELES -- Sue Enquist, who won 11 national softball
championships as a UCLA player or coach, is retiring as the Bruins'

Enquist will end her coaching duties on Jan. 1 and become a
director in the UCLA athletics external relations office, the
school announced Tuesday.

Assistant coach Kelly Inouye-Perez will replace Enquist,
becoming only the third to hold that post in the 32 seasons of UCLA

Enquist was the program's first All-American and the most
outstanding player in the 1978 AIAW Championships, when the Bruins
won their first national softball title. She joined the coaching
staff after graduating in 1980.

She shared the head coaching duties with Sharron Backus from
1989 through 1996, becoming the sole head coach in 1997. Since
then, her teams made seven NCAA championship game appearances and
won three titles, most recently in 2004.

Her career coaching record is 887-175-1.

Inouye-Perez was a catcher on UCLA's NCAA championship teams in
1989, 1990 and 1992. She has been a Bruins assistant for the past
13 years.

Her staff for next season will include three-time Olympic gold
medalist and two-time NCAA champion Lisa Fernandez; eighth-year
assistant Gina Vecchione; and Olympic gold medalist Natasha Watley,
who will be a volunteer assistant.

Backus served as the program's first head coach, beginning in