Enabenter-Omidiji is in her sixth season as head coach of the Spartan softball team.
This year's team had its best WAC finish in school history with an 11-6 record. The Spartans entered the WAC Tournament as the number-two seed but was eliminated at the disappointment to Coach Entabenter.
"This award is attributed to the conference season we had," said Enabenter-Omidiji. "It is nice to be recognized by your peers for the effort your team puts on the field. After being chosen fourth in the preseason poll and coming within two games of first place, it is nice to see our team rewarded".
From 1980-83 she played on both the Bridgewater State College basketball and softball teams, captaining both her senior year.
In 1984, she became the Bridgewater head softball coach, a position she has held for 16 years through 2000. She is presently Bridgewater's all-time winningest coach with a 429-153-3 (.736) record. During her tenure, the Lady Bears went to post-season tournaments 14 of those years with 1994 being the best with BSC advancing to the NCAA Division III Championship Finals. Dee was named the NSCA Division III "Coach of the Year" for 1994.
In 1995 she was selected to coach the Nigerian national team in the 1995 African Games in Botswana, Africa. In addition to softball coaching duties, Dee Dee was a staff assistant in the BSC athletics department and a life-long resident of Plymouth, MA.
Dee Dee left her alma mater in 2000 to purse her lifelong dream of coaching at the Division I level at San Jose State University in California. She is now in her sixth season with the Spartans.
Enabenter was named the 1994 National Softball Coaches Association Division III Coach of the Year. She was also named the 1996 NSCA Division III Coach of the Year for her team, which finished with a 35-5 record and had a 26-game winning streak. Ms. Enabenter was a five-time National Fastpitch Coaches Association Regional Coach of the Year including the 2000 season.
Enabenter was the head softball coach at Bridgewater State College for 16 years where she compiled a 428-154-2 record and was the school's all-time winningest coach in any sport. Her Lady Bears teams advanced to the NCAA Tournament 13 times in 16 years and compiled 21-25 record in the NCAA Tournament. Her 1994 team was the national runners-up after losing to the College of New Jersey, 4-0, in the NCAA Tournament Championship game.
SpartanThunder.com salutes Coach Enabenter and the SJSU team for a great 2006 season!