Kelly Inouye-Perez ended her fourth season as the head coach of the UCLA softball program on top of the world, leading the Bruins to the NCAA championship by defeating Arizona in the finals to end the season with a 50-11 mark. It’s a place she has become accustomed to during her 22 years with the Bruins.
Kelly Inouye-Perez interviewed on The Fastpitch TV Show
Produced By Gary Leland
Inouye-Perez now owns a 183-49 career record as the head coach, including back-to-back Pacific-10 Conference Championships
Just the third head coach in UCLA softball history, she officially took over the reins from Sue Enquist in 2007. During her years with the Bruins, she has learned plenty about excellence. Inouye-Perez is a link to four decades of Bruin softball success, joining the UCLA softball program as a freshman in 1989.
Inouye-Perez’s apprenticeship is highlighted by eight NCAA Championships and 10 Pac-10 titles, spending five campaigns as a player and 13 as an assistant coach.
During Inouye-Perez’s 13 seasons (1994-2006) as an assistant coach, UCLA was 617-150-1 (.804) and appeared in the NCAA title game seven times, winning the NCAA Championship in the 1999, 2003, and 2004 seasons. The Bruins also won three Pac-10 titles during that span (1999, 2002, and 2006) and in 2004 the staff was named the National Coaching Staff of the Year by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA).
Those numbers explain why she can host a Double Dose session with Michigan’s Carol Hutchins where the developing and maintaining of softball excellence is the topic of discussion.
Inouye-Perez’s primary responsibility as an assistant coach was training Bruin pitchers and catchers, a list, which includes many of the most honored and recognizable names in collegiate softball. Behind the dish, where Inouye-Perez also starred as a three-time All-Pac-10 honoree during her playing days at UCLA, she helped mold and influence arguably the best catcher in the history of USA Softball in Stacey Nuveman.
Among the UCLA pitchers during her five seasons as a player were Lisa Longaker and Lisa Fernandez, both of whom were named to the NCAA’s 25th Anniversary All-WCWS Team. During her UCLA career, Inouye-Perez played in 22 Women’s College World Series games.