Softball Coaching Staff
Kelly Inouye-Perez
Head Coach
Coach Info:
Position: Head Coach
Alma Mater: UCLA, 1993
Experience: 7 Years

Kelly Inouye-Perez is beginning her 10th season as the Bruins' head coach in 2016 and has an overall record of 398-128 (.757) through nine campaigns.

Last season, the Bruins went 51-12 to post their first back-to-back, 50-win seasons since 2002-2003. UCLA finished second in the Pac-12 Conference (19-5) and advanced to the Women's College World Series for the first time in five seasons. UCLA, which led all NCAA Tournament teams in home runs during the postseason with 17, was tops in the country in 2015 in batting average (.367), second in on base percentage (.467), tied for second in doubles (107), fourth in runs scored (7.92) and slugging (.608) and 11th in homers (89). The Bruins set single-season school records in average, slugging, on base percentage, runs scored, runs batted in and walks.

Four Bruins were named NFCA All-Americans, with Allexis Bennett and Ally Carda earning First Team honors and Stephany LaRosa and Delaney Spaulding being named Second Team. UCLA's four awards were tied for the third-most nationally and the pair of First Team nods were tied for the most. A school-record seven Bruins were named NFCA West All-Region, while seven were honored on the All-Pac-12 teams, including Carda, the back-to-back Player of the Year.

Inouye-Perez and her staff were named the NFCA West Region Coaching Staff of the Year, the second straight season the Bruins earned the honor and third during Inouye-Perez's head coaching tenure (2010). In the classroom, the 2015 Graduation Success Rate was at 100 percent.

In 2014, the Bruins recorded the nation's best winning percentage (.867) with a 52-8 record, the most wins for a UCLA team since 2003. Inouye-Perez picked up her 300th career coaching victory at Hawai'i on Feb. 8. The Bruins finished second in the Pac-12 (19-5) and tied for ninth nationally, reaching the Super Regional round of the NCAA Tournament. UCLA ranked fourth nationally in slugging, ninth in average and homers per game, 13th in runs per game and 18th in earned run average. Carda and LaRosa each earned First Team All-American accolades, with Carda also being named a Top Three finalist for the USA Softball National Player of the Year Award and Pac-12 Player of the Year. Six Bruins were named All-Region and seven were honored on the All-Pac-12 Teams.

The Bruins posted a 40-20 record in 2013, tying for fifth in the Pac-12 with a 10-14 mark and reaching the Regional Championship game of the Louisville Regional. B.B. Bates was named Second Team NFCA All-American, four were honored on the All-Region squad and six earned All-Pac-12 accolades.

In 2012, UCLA went 36-20 and tied for fourth in the Pac-12 with a 12-12 record. Four Bruins earned All-American honors, tied for the most for any school in 2012, as LaRosa was named First Team, Andrea Harrison and Katie Schroeder Second Team and Samantha Camuso Third Team. Seven were named to the All-Pac-12 Team, including Freshman of the Year LaRosa, while six were All-Region winners.

In 2011, UCLA recorded a 36-19 mark and tied for sixth in the Pac-10 (9-12). Six Bruins were honored on the All-Conference Teams, while Harrison was named First Team All-Region and All-American. Inouye-Perez earned her 200th career victory on March 11 against Sacramento State.

Inouye-Perez led the UCLA softball program to its 12th national title and 11th NCAA Championship in 2010. The Bruins (50-11) went a perfect 10-0 in the postseason, including 5-0 at the Women's College World Series. UCLA set numerous WCWS records, including the most home runs in one tournament with 14. Megan Langenfeld was named the Most Outstanding Player of the WCWS, while Camuso and Harrison each earned All-Tournament honors. Following the season, Inouye-Perez and her staff were honored as the NFCA National Coaching Staff of the Year. UCLA set a single-season school record for home runs with 108. Langenfeld and GiOnna DiSalvatore were each named to the NFCA All-American First Team. The Bruins also had three players named to the All-Region Team and eight honored by the Pac-10.

In 2009, she led the Bruins to a Pacific-10 Conference Championship, as UCLA went 45-11 overall and 16-5 in league play. She was named Pac-10 Coach of the Year and earned her 100th career victory on Feb. 22 against Maryland. In 2008, the Bruins went 51-9 and advanced to the WCWS, finishing second in the Pac-10 with a 17-4 record. In her first season at the helm of UCLA in 2007, Inouye-Perez posted a 37-18 overall record and a 12-9 Pac-10 mark (T-3rd).

Over Inouye-Perez's nine seasons, the Bruins have earned 23 All-American awards, 42 All-Region honors and 66 All-Pac-10/12 accolades.

Inouye-Perez, just the third head coach in UCLA softball history, officially took over the reins from Sue Enquist on Jan. 1, 2007. Enquist announced her retirement as head coach on Sept. 26, 2006.

No stranger to the Bruin dugout, Inouye-Perez starts her 28th straight season in Westwood in 2016. She is a link to four decades of Bruin softball success, joining the UCLA softball program as a freshman in 1989. Inouye-Perez's time is highlighted by seven NCAA Championships and eight Pac-10 titles in her previous 27 years, spending five campaigns as a player and 13 as an assistant coach.

Over 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, 2006) and in 2004 were named the National Coaching Staff of the Year by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA).

Inouye-Perez's primary responsibility as an assistant coach was guiding the 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. Under Inouye-Perez's tutelage, Nuveman became a three-time Pac-10 Player of the Year, four-time, First Team All-American and the NCAA's all-time single-season and career home run leader.

Since the Pac-10 Conference began issuing a Pitcher of the Year Award, UCLA has been honored with two winners, Courtney Dale in 1999 and Keira Goerl in 2003. Among the other pitching highlights accomplished by the Bruins over her 13 years as an assistant included at least one All-American award earned by a UCLA pitcher in 12 of those campaigns, including DeeDee Weiman, four-time Olympian Tanya Harding and two-time Olympian Amanda Freed.

In addition, nearly every UCLA pitching record has been set during the time Inouye-Perez has overseen the Bruin battery and the top five pitchers on UCLA's career wins list, Goerl, Selden, Carda, Freed and B'Ann Burns, were coached by her.

As a player, Inouye-Perez was an exceptionally strong fielder behind the dish for the Bruins. She made her mark immediately as a collegiate player, earning First Team All-Pac-10 as a true freshman and Second Team as a sophomore, leading the Bruins to the 1989 and 1990 NCAA Championships before receiving a medical redshirt in 1991 due to shoulder surgery.

She came back strong in 1992, picking up Second Team All-Pac-10 honors as the Bruins once again won the national championship and finished with a 54-2 record, the fewest losses in a season in program history. Inouye-Perez also was named to the 1992 All-Women's College World Series Team, going 5-for-12 (.417) with four RBI during WCWS play. She wrapped up her career as a fifth-year senior in 1993 with an NCAA runner-up finish. Impressively, Inouye-Perez did not commit a single fielding error during her final two seasons.

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, a mark that is tied for third-best in UCLA history behind only Lisa Fernandez and Kristy Howard (23). Inouye-Perez graduated from UCLA in 1993 with a B.A. in psychology and earned her master's degree in physical education from Azusa Pacific University in 2004.

Prior to college, Inouye-Perez was one of the top players during her ASA days, winning four national championships, with the Panthers (1984, '85 and '89) and the Raiders (1986). She also competed on an international level in Japan in 1985 and in Peru in 1987 (Pan American Qualifier) and followed her collegiate career with time playing on the NPF Pro Tour.

Inouye-Perez and her husband, Gerardo Perez, currently reside in Cerritos. Along with Kelly's exploits on the diamond, Gerardo competed as a catcher/DH for Cerritos College from 1988-90 and helped lead the Falcons to the 1989 Junior College National Championship. After a stellar career at Cerritos, he went on to compete at Loyola Marymount, earning First Team All-West Coast Conference honors his junior and senior seasons. He currently teaches health and coaches baseball at Gahr High School in Cerritos. The couple has two children, Michael (16) and Kylie (11).

Kelly Inouye-Perez's Career Head Coaching Record
Year Record Conf. Finish Postseason
2007 37-18 (.673) 12-9 (T-3rd) 1-2 (T-17th - Regionals)
2008 51-9 (.850) 17-4 (2nd) 6-2 (T-5th - WCWS)
2009 45-11 (.804) 16-5 (1st) 4-2 (T-9th - Super Regionals)
2010 50-11 (.820) 14-7 (2nd) 10-0 (1st - National Champions)
2011 36-19 (.655) 9-12 (T-6th) 3-2 (T-17th - Regionals)
2012 36-20 (.643) 12-12 (T-4th) 0-2 (T-17th - Regionals)
2013 40-20 (.667) 10-14 (T-5th) 3-2 (T-17th - Regionals)
2014 52-8 (.867) 19-5 (2nd) 4-2 (T-9th - Super Regionals)
2015 51-12 (.810) 19-5 (2nd) 6-2 (T-5th - WCWS)
Totals 398-128 (.757) 128-73 (.637) 37-16 (.698)