Sue Enquist Inducted Into International Women's Sports Hall of Fame
June 10, 2008
NEW YORK - Former UCLA head softball coach Sue Enquist was one of four people inducted into the International Women's Sports Hall of Fame on Monday night at the grand opening of the Billie Jean King Women's Sports Center in the new Sports Museum of America.
Enquist was inducted along with former gymnast Shannon Miller, former Japanese golfer Hisako Higuchi and Algerian track star Hassiba Boulmerka.
'I think it's outstanding that Billie Jean King and her many colleagues put together a vision that will document and celebrate all facets of being a female athlete,' Enquist said. 'It will be a place that will affect you, not an event that will last an hour.'
The Women's Sports Foundation has inducted 130 athletes, coaches and pioneers into the Hall of Fame since 1980.
The foundation, based in Eisenhower Park, N.Y., gathered sports memorabilia over the past two decades and the office was overflowing with artifacts. King, planning officer Marjorie Snyder and the late Dorothy Blaney, a former chair of the board, were among those who longed for a home for the memorabilia.
Enquist was a part of all 11 UCLA softball national championships as either a player, assistant coach or head coach. In 1978, Enquist led the Bruins to the sport's first national title (AIAW) in her final season as a player. She joined the Bruin coaching staff as an assistant under Hall of Fame Coach Sharron Backus in 1980 and helped UCLA to NCAA titles in 1982, 1984, 1985 and 1988.
Joining Backus as the co-head coach beginning in 1989, Enquist and the Bruins won three more championships in 1989, 1990 and 1992. Enquist took over as head coach in 1997 and led the Bruins to an additional three titles in 1999, 2003 and 2004. Overall, Enquist posted a record, as head coach or co-head coach, of 887-175-1 in 18 seasons.
Under Enquist's tutelage, the Bruins garnered 60 All-American honors, 10 Pac-10 Players or Pitchers of the Year and seven Honda Award winners, including Honda-Broderick Cup honoree Natasha Watley, who was named the top female collegiate athlete in 2003. Enquist also coached 12 Olympians, including eight gold medalists.
Monday's Hall of Fame honor for Enquist is the fourth for the three-time National and Pac-10 Coach of the Year. She became the first softball player to be inducted into the UCLA Hall of Fame in 1993. Enquist was also inducted into the Capistrano Unified School District Hall of Fame in 2000 and most recently was enshrined into the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Hall of Fame in 2006.
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