Mackenzie steps down after 43 years
Quincy coach ends career ranking third all-time in DII wins
QUINCY, Ill. – After one of the most successful collegiate soccer coaching careers of all-time, Jack Mackenzie has announced that he is stepping down as head coach of the Quincy University men’s soccer team.
Mackenzie spent all 43 of his collegiate coaching seasons guiding the Hawks. His 516 wins rank 10th in NCAA history, regardless of division. He ranks third all-time in coaching victories at the Division II level.
“I want to thank Quincy University for allowing me the honor and privilege of coaching the Hawks since 1969,” Mackenzie said. “It’s been a passion of mine. It’s been a thrill. It’s been the only position I’ve ever wanted. I never sought any other. To me, this was the best college soccer coaching situation in the nation.
“I’ve given everything I have to the Hawk soccer program. It’s been a big part of my life. I’d like to carry on, but I really believe that this is the right time for a new leader to take over and usher the team into the future,” Mackenzie added.
“On behalf of the board of trustees, the university administration, athletic department, faculty, staff and students, I would like to extend my sincere gratitude to Coach Mackenzie for his dedication, loyalty and commitment to the men’s soccer program and Quincy University,” said Quincy University athletic director Marty Bell. “Coach Mackenzie has been an exemplary role model for the entire athletic department and his years of service have helped create the culture of success we all enjoy.
“Coach Mackenzie has created and molded the men’s soccer program into a consistent winner that has been, and continues to be, nationally recognized. This success helped put QU on the map as a vibrant and successful university. It will be our good fortune that Coach Mackenzie will remain a part of the men’s soccer program by serving as an assistant coach and consultant,” Bell added.
Associate head coach Mike Carpenter, an assistant on the Quincy staff for the last nine seasons, has been named Mackenzie’s successor and will assume the head coaching duties. Mackenzie will remain with the program as an assistant coach.
Mackenzie took over the Quincy program in 1969 and two years later his team won the first of nine NAIA national championships under his watch. The Hawks were also national champions three consecutive years from 1973-75, and again, five consecutive seasons from 1977-81.
In Mackenzie’s 43 seasons as the QU head coach, the Hawks have finished with a winning record 37 times, including 29 double-digit win seasons. Mackenzie won his 500th game on Oct. 3, 2010 at Kentucky Wesleyan.
Mackenzie helped take the program from NAIA to NCAA Division I and then to its current status at the NCAA Division II level.
One of the most prominent names in collegiate soccer, Mackenzie was inducted into the St. Louis Players Hall of Fame in 1997. In 1989, he was inducted into the NAIA Hall of Fame, and in 1979, was named to the Quincy University Sports Hall of Fame.
Mackenzie will step down as head coach after two of the program’s seasons since moving to Division II. The Hawks reached the NCAA tournament in 2010 after finishing the regular season with an 11-6-2 record. It was their first appearance in the tournament since 1998. In 2011, Quincy won its first Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament title with a 2-1 comeback victory against Drury in double-overtime.
In his career, Mackenzie coached 31 All-Americans. He is a four-time NAIA Coach of the Year and was named Coach of the Year by the National Soccer Coaches Association in 1974. He was the Metropolitan Life Insurance Midwest Region Coach of the Year in 1987. Mackenzie also led the Hawks to the Big Central Soccer Conference regular season and tournament championships in 1988, winning that league’s highest coaching honor.
Mackenzie leaves the reins of the program to Carpenter, who was promoted to associate head coach before the 2011 season. He has been instrumental in all aspects of the QU men’s soccer program, including his service as the lead goalkeeping coach and recruiter.
“I am extremely excited to be taking over the men’s soccer program at Quincy University,” Carpenter said. “I’m proud that the university has shown confidence in what we’ve done as a program to allow me to become the head coach.
“Coach Mackenzie has been my mentor and he has taught me so many things,” added Carpenter. “The most important thing he has taught me is how to run a program with the right amount of class and doing everything the right way. From professional and personal standpoints, I couldn’t have asked for a better person to learn from.”
Bell said that the men’s soccer program has enjoyed such a high level of success that he felt the natural choice would be to elevate Carpenter to the head coaching position.
“I believe that everyone associated with the program has been exposed to, and helped create, a culture of success,” Bell said. “When a change in leadership occurs with a successful program, I believe you must consider looking within the program for its next leader.
“I have watched Mike Carpenter grow and mature as a coach over the past five years. He has all the necessary background to lead our men’s soccer program and have it continue to enjoy a high level of success. It is with great confidence that I look forward to many more successful years for the men’s soccer program with Coach Carpenter at the helm,” Bell added.
Carpenter is a 2002 graduate of Quincy University and was a goalkeeper for the Hawks from 1997-2001. For his career, he posted a 1.13 goals against average.
Carpenter is just the fourth head coach in the history of the program, which dates back to 1964.
In his nine seasons on the Quincy staff, the Hawks have had seven winning seasons, including five seasons with at least 10 wins. In the last two years, the Hawks are 23-12-5.
The Hawks won their first GLVC Tournament championship last season and finished the year with an overall record of 12-5-3.