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Meet Kim Ensey

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kim Ensey.

Hi Kim, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
I am So Cal born and other than college, it is where I have spent all of my years. I attended Edison High in Huntington Beach where I created a foundation both athletically and academically. As a Charger, I participated in Golf, Softball, Soccer, Track and Field, and Water Polo. My love for competition and athletics was pretty apparent at a young age.

My passion for coaching developed over time and led me through my journey knowing that athletics would be a part of my life in some capacity. I knew I wanted to work with youth athletes by the time I was 16. I didn’t know exactly what that would look like but I knew I truly loved teaching. My dad was my coach and I always admired how he focused on teaching the game and not cutting corners. He was always learning by going to every coaching clinic and reading books and just trying to be the best coach he could. I also saw my mom volunteer countless hours for my sports teams and organizations whether it was AYSO or PTA or managing my teams. When our softball league was well behind the other leagues in our area, she worked hard to become educated in other league’s successes and was a leader in changing the direction and standards for our group. I saw the positive impact their dedication was having on my teammates and me and I hoped I would be able to do the same. I have a strong passion for sports so naturally I knew I wanted to make sure my career allowed me to stay involved. I never imagined I would be where I am now.

I received my BA in Sports Psychology with a Minor in Coaching from Adams State University in Alamosa, Colorado where I played softball and golf for the Grizzlies. I was named to the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference All Conference team and Team captain during my senior season. I later worked towards and received my Master’s degree in Sports Management from the United Stated Sports Academy. Currently, I am in my 1st year as the varsity softball head coach at Chino Hills High School. I am also the head coach and manager of the So Cal Choppers Ensey fastpitch teams. My professional life connects with softball beyond coaching. I am the Regional Event Director of Southern California for College Sports Evaluations. This is a new company based out of Fort Collin, Colorado that selected me to be the lead in So Cal based on my connection with the travel ball and college communities nationally.

College Sports Evaluations (CSE) is a sister company to Triple Crown Sports. I had the opportunity to learn a lot about culture and business through my four years with the Firecrackers Softball organization, four years as the varsity coach at Edison High School, and two years as the varsity coach at Santa Fe High School. I spent the past four years at Cerritos High School where I led the Dons to 2 straight Suburban League titles as well as a 605 League title. Those experiences were great stepping stones for me to grow and be able to learn about the political and personal sides of business in athletics. One of the events I look forward to every year is my role as the Player Liason and Coordinator for the Premier Girls Fastpitch High School All American Game. For the past three years prior to the COVID 19 pandemic, this game has included the future stars of college softball and has drawn attention around the country while being broadcasted live on ESPN each year. Premier Girls Fastpitch is excited to be back on the dirt for the summer or 2021!

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
As an athlete, there are many obstacles we deal with but working through those struggles and overcoming them is a lesson we are able to learn at a relatively young age. My journey was not smooth but my support system was always by my side. Injuries, heartbreak, disappointment, and failure have been constant speed bumps both as an athlete and as an entrepreneur. Now I have the opportunity to share my various stories with my players and hopefully help them learn from my mistakes and struggles while dealing with their own.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
As a coach in the travel softball world, I am known for creating family culture throughout my program and also for successfully guiding and assisting athletes get scholarships and opportunities to play at the collegiate level. I truly believe there is a place to play for every competitive softball athlete that wishes to put in the work to find a home on a collegiate campus. I truly believe in all of my athletes.

Can you talk to us a bit about happiness and what makes you happy?
I am extremely blessed to be surrounded by amazing people in my life and that truly makes me happy even on my worst days. I get to live close to my parents and sisters. Fortunately, they all share a love for Disney and golf that at least matches mine! I have created lifelong relationships both through playing and coaching. I believe those relationships are the things most stable and meaningful even if every material or career blessing was taken away from me. Because I put so much priority in the people around me, I have learned how to implement balance into my life. That balance is extremely important to my overall happiness because with how busy I am, it keeps me sane!

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