July 18, 2006
Providence, RI - DeeDee Enabenter-Omidiji has been named the head softball coach at Brown University. Enabenter-Omidiji comes to Brown from San Jose State where she was the head softball coach for the last six years. She replaces Pam McCreesh, who stepped down at the completion of the 2006 season.
"DeeDee brings a wealth of head coaching experience to Brown, with six years of Division I coaching experience and 22 years as a head coach at the collegiate level," said Brown Director of Athletics Michael Goldberger. "She has all the attributes we were looking for in a head coach - commitment to the student-athlete, passion for the game, proven success, and the ability to coach and motivate."
"I'm excited to be part of a vibrant and competitive athletic department and am looking forward to competing in the Ivy League," said Enabenter-Omidiji. "I've been very fortunate to have been surrounded by good players and coaches throughout my coaching career and look forward to taking a winning formula to Brown."
At San Jose State, Enabenter-Omidiji took over a faltering program in July 2000, and had an immediate impact her first season, guiding the Spartans to 26 wins in 2001, the most wins for the program since 1998. Her team continued to thrive, and in 2005, with her first senior class in place, Enabenter-Omidiji's team tied the school record for wins in a season (36), and broke 41 team and individual school records.
In 2006, Enabenter-Omidiji was named the WAC Coach of the Year after leading the Spartans to a second place finish in the conference standings (11-6), the highest finish in the program's history.
A 1983 graduate of Bridgewater State with a degree in physical education, Enabenter-Omidiji was a softball and basketball standout for the Lady Bears. One year later, Enabenter-Omidiji began her brilliant coaching career at Bridgewater State where she compiled a 432-153-3 record in 16 seasons as head coach. The winningest coach in school history, her Bridgewater State teams advanced to the NCAA Tournament 13 times and compiled a 21-25 record in NCAA Tournament play.
Enabenter-Omidiji was named the 1994 National Softball Coaches Association Division III Coach of the Year after leading her team to a 33-5 record, a conference championship, and a second place finish in the NCAA Championship. With success at Bridgewater State and San Jose State, Enabenter-Omidiji now has 581 career wins.
Born and raised in Plymouth, Massachusetts, Enabenter-Omidiji is married to Toba Omidiji and is the parent of Lucas.