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The man they respectfully called "Coach" until his dying day was so much more than that. Those who played for Jack Mackenzie during his legendary career as the Quincy University men's soccer coach attest to that. "No truer words were spoken when you talk about Jack," said Eric Delabar, an All-American goalkeeper who graduated from QU in 1979 who later spent 19 seasons as the head women's soccer coach at Maryville University. "He was a great coach, a legendary soccer coach, but he cared about his players even more."
Jack Mackenzie, the Hall of Fame coach who was the architect of the Quincy University men’s soccer dynasty, died Wednesday night. He was 77.
Mackenzie coached the Hawks for 43 seasons, leading them to nine NAIA national championships between 1971 and 1981 while compiling a 516-258-76 overall record. His 516 victories rank 10th in NCAA history, regardless of division. He’s third on the NCAA Division II all-time victories list.
Mackenzie was named the NAIA Coach of the Year four times and was inducted into the NAIA Hall of Fame, the United Soccer Coaches Hall of Fame, the St. Louis Players Hall of Fame and the QU Hall of Fame.
QUINCY -- Jack Mackenzie, the Hall of Fame coach who was the architect of the Quincy University men's soccer dynasty, passed away Wednesday evening. He was 77. Mackenzie coached the Hawks for 43 seasons, leading them to nine NAIA national championships...