Sacred Heart University co-head softball coaches Elizabeth 'Bippy' Luckie and Pam London will both be honored this spring for career achievement awards. Luckie will be presented the Mary Bike Memorial Award by the Greater Bridgeport Athletic Association (Old Timers), while London will be inducted into the Connecticut Scholastic and Collegiate Softball Hall of Fame.
Luckie arrived at Sacred Heart in 1982, as a softball and basketball player in 1982, and is entering her 26th season as head softball coach, sharing the post with London since 2007. During her playing career, the Ogdensburg, N.Y., native was an All-American shortstop, playing a major role in SHU's three straight NCAA Division II Final Four appearances from 1983-85. An excellent basketball player as well, Luckie was a two-time All-NECC selection and her 42-point performance against Rhode Island College still stands as the school record for most points in a game. She was inducted into the Connecticut Scholastic and Collegiate Softball Hall of Fame in 2007 and also serves as a Senior Associate Athletic Director.
London has been a member of the Sacred Heart coaching staff for the last 25 years and has served as co-head coach with her fellow Hall of Famer Luckie for the past seven seasons. The Pioneers captured the Northeast Conference championship in 2009 and 2011 and she was named NEC Coach of the Year in 2009. London played for the Pioneers in 1984 and 1985, helping the squad to an 89-12 record with back-to-back trips to the NCAA Division II Final Four.
Sacred Heart softball opens the 2014 campaign on February 28 versus California at the UC Riverside Tournament. The Pioneers home opener comes on March 27 versus Fairfield and Northeast Conference play begins March 29 at Central Connecticut State.