Since her arrival at Sacred Heart in 1982, first as a player and now entering her 26th season at the helm, Elizabeth "Bippy" Luckie has been the face of SHU softball. On February 24, 2013, with the Pioneers’ 2-0 victory over Western Carolina, Luckie collected her 500th career coaching win. She enters the 2014 season boasting a career record of 523-566-4. She has appeared in 10 of Sacred Heart's 13 NCAA Tournament appearances as either a coach or a player.
Luckie broke through in 2009 leading the program to its first ever Northeast Conference championship and earning a spot in the NCAA Tournament at the division I level. That season her and co-head coach Pam London were named the Coaches of the Year in the NEC. She then went on to further Pioneer history earning the school's first win in any sport at a division I NCAA Tournament with a 3-1 victory over Cornell.
Luckie captured her second Northeast Conference title in 2011 as the SHU won 29 games en route to a second crown in three seasons. Luckie had two Pioneers earn major Northeast Conference awards in 2011 as Taylor Froelich was tabbed the NEC Player of the Year and Nicole Sidor was selected the league's Most Improved Player.
In the program's division II era Luckie guided five teams to New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) championships, each resulting in a bid to the NCAA Tournament. She is only the second coach in the 23-year history of the program and has coached six All-Americans during her tenure. Well regarded by her peers, Luckie was voted NECC Coach of the Year four times (1990,'91,'92 and '95).
During her playing career, Luckie was an All-American shortstop and played a key role in Sacred Heart's three consecutive NCAA Division II Final Four appearances from 1983-85. She concluded her outstanding playing career with a .357 batting average and set two school records that still stand today, 71 hits in a season and 110 total bases in a season. Defensively, few shortstops were her equal.
In addition to her softball talents, Luckie, a superb athlete, was also an excellent basketball player for the Pioneers. She was twice named to the All-NECC Team and led the conference in scoring as a junior, averaging 19.9 points per game. Luckie's 42-point performance against Rhode Island College on Feb. 21, 1983 also still stands as the school record for most points in a game.
On March 2, 1997, Luckie was recognized for her collegiate softball exploits when she was inducted into the Connecticut Scholastic and Collegiate Softball Hall of Fame. In September 2007, her number 10 was retired by Sacred Heart in recognition of her accomplishments and dedication to the University. In addition to her coaching responsibilities, Luckie also serves as a Senior Associate Athletic Director at Sacred Heart.
Born on March 19, 1963 in New York City to Thomas P. and the late Catherine Ruth Luckie before moving to Ogdensburg, NY at the age of two where she attended Ogdensburg Free Academy. There she participated in softball, basketball, volleyball, soccer and track and field. Luckie earned All-Northern honors in softball, basketball, soccer and volleyball while at Ogdensburg.
After graduating Ogdensburg in 1980, Luckie attended Jefferson Community College, where she was an All-American in both softball and basketball. In 2009, she was inducted into the inaugural JCC Hall of Fame. She graduate JCC with an associates degree, and afterwards came to Sacred Heart University.
Luckie is one of seven children. She has four brothers—Tommy, Jamie, Eugene and Michael—and two sisters—Colleen and Monica—and 13 nieces and nephews.
Luckie's Career Record: Year-By-Year