Dr. Jacki Wright Inducted Into Luther College Athletic Hall of Fame

Posted: Tue, Oct 13, 2020 11:37 AM

Luther College three-sport athlete and former coach Dr. Jacki Wright has been inducted into the Luther College Athletic Hall of Fame.

While attending Luther, Wright was a member of AIAW state championship teams in basketball (1972), and softball (1972, 1974) and was selected to play on the Field Hockey Iowa State Selections Team (1974, 1975).

She was a dominant force in the pitching circle, where she finished her career with a win-loss record of 29-9 that included eight shutouts. She had an ERA of 0.97, struck out 320 batters, while pitching 253 innings. All five categories were school records.

Luther's record during her four years was 59-18. Three of those wins came when she pitched three games in a row at the 1972 AIAW State Championship, that ended with a win over Iowa State, which secured the school's first state title.

At the plate, she batted .321 with 49 RBI and 50 runs scored. She was credited with five doubles, seven triples and three home runs.

Her career ERA still ranks fourth on Luther's all-time records, while her career strikeouts ranks seventh and her career shutouts ranks 10th.

Jacki joined the Luther staff in 1985 and served as an associate professor of Health Promotion and Exercise Science until her retirement in 2020. She was the assistant coach for both women's basketball and softball from 1985-2000. During her first two years (1985-1987), she was also the head coach of field hockey.