Sue Enquist

UCLA Head Softball Coach

The 2004 season marked Sue Enquist's 16th campaign as Head Coach of the Bruin softball program. It is Enquist’s 25th year as part of UCLA's softball coaching staff and her 29th year of involvement with the program as either a coach or player.  This is Enquist's eighth season as the sole head coach for the Bruins. Enquist took over that role beginning with the 1997 season, following the retirement of longtime Bruin mentor Sharron Backus.  The two served as co-Head Coaches from 1989-96.


Before being named co-Head Coach, Enquist coached nine seasons (1980-88) as an assistant under Backus. Enquist spent just one season away from the program, 1979, immediately after completing her eligibility as a member of UCLA's 1978 AIAW Championship team. Enquist was the tournament's leading hitter as UCLA won its first softball National Championship.


Enquist has been a member of the UCLA coaching staff for all of its ten National Championships, the most of any school. UCLA won that inaugural NCAA softball championship and has since played in a record 16 championship games, winning titles in 1978, 1982, 1984, 1985, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1999, 2003 and 2004.


As a centerfielder under Backus from 1975-78, Enquist became the prototypical player for Bruin softball in terms of attitude, desire, and will to win. UCLA's first softball All-American, Enquist led the Bruins in doubles three times and twice led UCLA in batting average and triples. Enquist established the UCLA career batting average record with an impressive .401 mark and was the first Bruin to complete her career with a batting average over .400. That career batting average record stood for 24 years, until Stacey Nuveman completed her illustrious career in 2002. Enquist's No. 6 jersey was retired on April 29, 2000, becoming the third number in Bruin softball history to be retired, joining the No. 16 of Lisa Fernandez and No. 1 of Dot Richardson.


A three-time ASA All-American for the Raybestos Brakettes, Enquist helped lead that team to four ASA National Championships in 1976, 1977, 1978 and 1980. She also enjoyed success as a player at the international level, earning gold medals at three National Sports Festivals, the 1978 World Championships and the 1979 Pan American Games.

Enquist earned her bachelor's degree in kinesiology from UCLA in 1980. Enquist is a native of San Clemente, CA. She is a former pro surfer and currently resides in Huntington Beach, CA.