Ogdensburg native Jamie Luckie relocated to Charlotte, N.C. many years ago to pursue his goal of becoming a NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball official.
He did so after catching the attention of the ACC Director of Officials at a summer officials camp. Over the years Luckie has risen to the height of his profession working several of the top conferences in the country and in two Final Fours.
But he never forgot the guidance and encouragement he received from veteran North Country officials. In fact, he became a member of Board 47 on the advice of his SUNY Potsdam Soccer Coach, the now retired Jim Rishe, who officiated high school basketball in the North Country for decades.
On July 11-13 Luckie, who is still a member of Board 47, and his brother Michael Luckie, another city native who now officiates in the Division I ranks, will bring the first Take Charge Officiating Camp to the North Country in conjunction with the St. Lawrence University Team Basketball Camp.
The goal of the camp is to help basketball officials better their skills and to move up in ranks if they desire to do so.
“The level of instruction at this camp will be second to none and we plan on raising the level of the officials who attend the camp,” says Jamie Luckie in the camp brochure.
Confirmed instructors and observers at the camp are MAAC Supervisor Mike Kitts of Syracuse, ECAC Supervisor Tom Reinisch and Division I officials in Ogdensburg native Nathan Farrell who now lives in Albany, DJ Carstensen of Utica, Jeff Anderson of Rochester, Jerry Heater of Charlotte, N.C. and Mike Eades of Princeton, WV.
Video will be recorded with a breakdown of film immediately following the game. Each referee will also wear an earpiece to communicate with the observer on the floor.
Hall of Fame Coach Jerry Welsh will speak at the opening day of the camp on what coaches expect out of referees in terms of communication verball and nonverbal.
“We are excited to have Jerry Welsh attending the camp as he is a major part of what the North Country is all about,” says Michael Luckie.
For more information on the camp, email firstname.lastname@example.org.