August 3, 2009

Luckie To Be Inducted Into Jefferson Community College Hall of Fame

Aug. 3, 2009

Fairfield, CT - Sacred Heart softball Co-Head Coach Elizabeth Luckie will be inducted into the Jefferson Community College Athletic Hall of Fame as part of the school's inaugural class. The ceremony is set for Friday, August 21, 2009 in the Jules Center Commons at JCC at 5:00 p.m.

"We have had numerous athletes and coaches eligible for nomination and I am really excited to move forward with the Athletic Hall of Fame," says Jeffrey L. Wiley, director of athletics at JCC. "The Athletic Hall of Fame is a great way to earmark past athletes, coaches, and contributors as the athletic department continues to grow."

Luckie played for JCC from 1980-82. The Cannoneers went 14-3 and 10-8 in those two years. She averaged 15.3 points per game for her career, and her 33 points against Mohawk Valley Community College on Feb. 22, 1982 remains the ninth best JCC total of all time. She was an All-American in basketball and softball for the Cannoneers.

"It's a great honor for me to be recognized by JCC," Luckie said. "I started my collegiate career there and have some great memories from my years playing and going to school there."

After two stellar seasons at Jefferson, Luckie came to Sacred Heart where she had one of the greatest careers in school history. She played three years as a shortstop for the Pioneers, helping lead SHU to three straight NCAA Division II Final Four appearances from 1983-85. Along the way, she etched herself into the record books in nearly every offensive category. In her senior season of 1985, Luckie had perhaps the best single season of any player in school history when she piled up 110 total bases, 71 hits and 55 runs scored, all school records that still stand to this day. For her career Luckie was a .357 hitter with 88 RBI and nine home runs. She piled up 179 hits, including nine triples and 30 doubles in her three years, putting her fourth on the all-time list in all three categories. Her 116 runs scored is good for fifth on the record list. In her career she earned All-New England honors three times and All-NECC honors twice. In 1984 she was named a second team All-American and earned first team honors in 1985. As a senior in 1985 she was named the New England Collegiate Conference Player of the year, capping off her amazing career.

Shortly after leaving Sacred Heart as a player, Luckie returned to take over the team as head coach for the 1989 season. Over the last 19 seasons as Pioneers head coach, Luckie has guided five teams to New England Collegiate Conference championships, each resulting in a bid to the NCAA Tournament. Only the second coach in the 23-year history of the program, she has coached six All-Americas during her tenure. Well regarded by her peers, she was voted NECC Coach of the Year four times (1990,'91,'92 and '95). Most recently, she has helped guide the Pioneers through the transition to Division I. In 2006, Sacred Heart retired Luckie's number 10 jersey in her honor. Last season Luckie guided the Pioneers to their best season ever, winning the Northeast Conference Championship and earning the first NCAA tournament berth in school history. Luckie earned NEC Co-Head Coach of the Year honors.

The induction ceremony is open to the public. Reservations are required no later than Wednesday, August 12, as space is limited. For more information or to RSVP, call the JCC Alumni Association at 315-786-2327 or email abates@sunyjefferson.edu.