Sage Coach Jackie Luszczek earns NACWAA Award

May 11, 2011 at 6:59 pm
By Ann King

The National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics Administrators (NACWAA) named Jackie Luszczek, Sage women's basketball coach, women's lacrosse coach, and senior woman administrator, the 2011 recipient of the Judith M. Sweet Commitment Award, which recognizes athletics administrators committed to providing high-level leadership and guidance within intercollegiate athletics.

“NACWAA is proud to recognize and celebrate these remarkable, aspiring women,” said Chief Executive Officer Patti Phillips. “We are inspired by their passion and commitment and excited to watch these future leaders develop and advance in athletics administration.”

Luszczek has been with Sage's athletics program since 2005, when she was hired as sports information director. In addition to her administrative duties, she coached a struggling women’s basketball program to the playoffs in just a few short years. Last fall, Luszczek volunteered to coach a sport she had never played or coached before, inheriting a lacrosse team of just four returning players. When the season began in February, Jackie had a roster of 19 players ready to compete.

“Jackie has done every job and helped everyone in the department while being an outstanding role model for student-athletes,” said nominator Dani Drews, Sage's director of athletics and recreation. “She is diminutive in stature, but a whirling dervish of energy whether patrolling the sidelines or behind the scenes. She makes things happen for Sage simply because she is willing to do what needs to be done.”

A 2004 graduate of Oswego State, Luszczek received her B.S. in Wellness Management with a minor in Health Science.  While at Oswego, she was a three-year letter winner and served as team captain during her senior year.  In her senior year, 2003-2004, the Lakers rewrote the team record books, several of which still stand.  She is still ranked among the leaders for all-time scoring.  She is still ranked fourth for career 3-point field goals made, fifth for 3-point field goals made in a single season, and third for free throw percentage in a single season.