Dee Dee Kingsbury to lead Poet softball program
Photo by: Frankie Capraro
WHITTIER, Calif. – Special Assistant to the President and Executive Director of Athletics Robert Coleman announced Tuesday the hiring of Dee Dee (Weiman) Kingsbury who will be the ninth coach in Whittier College history to lead the Poet softball program.
“Dee Dee has enjoyed success at a very high level during each step of her career and her noticeable passion for our athletic program makes her a great fit to be our next head coach,” said Coleman. “She is well respected nationally in the softball community and her infectious enthusiasm and ability to cultivate and sustain positive relationships stood out as dynamic qualities during the search process, which attracted some incredible candidates. Throughout the search, Dee Dee’s name continued to rise above an extremely deep, talented and distinguished pool.”
Along with leading the softball program, Dee Dee will also be the Senior Woman Administrator conducting compliance/eligibility duties for the athletic department. Dee Dee will depart Cal State Fullerton after completing her 12th season as a coach at Cal State Fullerton. Hired prior to the 2003 season, Kingsbury was promoted to the Associate Head Coaching position in July 2008, where she focused her efforts on the development of the Cal State Fullerton pitching staff and coordinating the Titans' recruiting efforts.
“I'm honored to be the next softball coach at Whittier College,” stated Kingsbury. “This is an amazing opportunity for me and I am excited for this new adventure. I want to thank Robert Coleman and President Sharon Herzberger for the opportunity to become a part of the Whittier family. My goal as the new softball coach and SWA is to win at everything we do – on the field, in the classroom and in the local community.”
“I look forward to building a championship program here at Whittier College. I also want to thank my family for their constant support and my mentor Sue Enquist for teaching me so much about the sport of softball and being a champion in life!”
During her tenure in Orange County, Kingsbury helped develop four NFCA All-Americans in Missy Taukeiaho, Ki Ki Munoz, Gina Oaks and Jodie Cox. She had five players earn a total of six NFCA All-West Region honors, and had 13 of her pitchers be named to the All-Big West Conference squad - including seven first-team honorees and most recently Jasmine Antunez receiving the Big West Freshman Pitcher of the Year Award in 2013.
Prior to joining the Titans, Kingsbury spent three seasons as an assistant at Wisconsin, helping the Badgers to three Big Ten Tournaments and appearances in the NCAA Tournament in 2001 and 2002.
Kingsbury coached the Badgers' first-ever first-team All-Big Ten pitcher in Andrea Kirchberg, who owns nearly every pitching record at Wisconsin. In 2002, Kingsbury, Head Coach Karen Gallagher and Assistant Coach Ali Viola were named the Speedline/NFCA Division I Mideast Region Coaching Staff of the Year, sharing the honor with Notre Dame. She also shared that accomplishment while at Cal State Fullerton.
Kingsbury has also produced more than 10 pitching videos, assisted writing several chapters in the book Softball Skills and Drills by Judi Garman, has spoken at several coaching and player clinics all around the country, and continues to reach out to the youth through clinics during the year.
As a player, Kingsbury was a member of the 1990 and 1992 UCLA national championship-winning squads while earning All-Pacific-10 Conference honors twice in her career and first-team All-America honors as a senior in 1994. A Honda Broderick Award nominee in 1994, Kingsbury finished her Bruin career with a 59-13 overall record, a 0.79 ERA, 746 career strikeouts and 16 no-hitters. Kingsbury's 359 strikeouts in 1994 stand second on the single-season record lists and had stood as the UCLA record until last season. Kingsbury also holds the NCAA career record for strikeout ratio at 10.4 strikeouts per seven innings.
She continued her playing career for the USA national team and finally in the Women's Professional Softball League, playing four seasons (1997-00) after being drafted as the 10th selection of the second round of the 1996 Amateur Draft. Kingsbury won the 1999 WPSL championship with the Tampa Bay Firestix and recorded the first strikeout, complete game, victory, save and shutout in team history. She was also the first pitcher to throw a perfect game in WPSL history, shutting down the Carolina Diamonds on Aug. 1, 1998. Her team won the WPSL Championship in 1999.
Kingsbury was a two-time WPSL All-Star selection in 1998 and 1999, and ranks first in league history in games started (83), complete games (70), innings (640.3) and appearances (113). She ranks second in strikeouts (446) and saves (6) while ranking third in wins (46) and shutouts (10).
Kingsbury graduated from UCLA with a bachelor’s degree in sociology in 1994. She received her Master’s Degree in Coaching and Athletic Administration the fall of 2013 from Concordia University of Irvine. She looks forward to teaching a class for Concordia in the Fall 2014. The former Dee Dee Weiman and her husband, Mike, have a son, Tyler, and daughters, Isabella and Brooklyn, and reside in Buena Park, Calif.