To celebrate a decorated 43 years of service to the Quincy University men’s soccer program, Quincy University will honor longtime head coach Jack Mackenzie at a special ceremony just prior to the men’s soccer game on September 13 against Missouri-St. Louis. It is during the ceremony that the playing field and stretch of Seminary Road leading to the stadium (from 12th to 18th Streets) will be named in Mackenzie’s honor; Jack Mackenzie Field and Jack Mackenzie Drive, respectively. The ceremony will begin at approximately 6:45 p.m., but may change depending on the length of the Lady Hawks’ match slated for 5:00 p.m.
During his tenure as head coach, Mackenzie led the Hawks to an unprecedented nine national championships. He is a four-time NAIA Coach of the Year and member of the St. Louis Players, NAIA, and Quincy University Halls of Fame. Mackenzie currently serves as the associate head coach of the program now headed by Mike Carpenter ’02.
In the months following Jack Mackenzie’s retirement in July of 2012, Quincy University announced a three-phase plan to renovate the soccer stadium in honor of Mackenzie and other legends who pioneered the Quincy University soccer programs including men’s coaches Frank Longo and Roger Francour and women’s coach Bill Postiglione.
At a cost of $625,000, recently-completed Phase One of the project included a synthetic turf playing surface on what will soon be known officially as Jack Mackenzie Field. Phase Two includes a red concrete walkway honoring all national championship teams as well as an arched entrance and improved landscaping. Phase Three will include a new press box, concession stand, conference space, and team film room. Costs of the latter two phases are estimated at $250,000 and $400,000 respectively. Funding for the Legends Stadium project is made possible exclusively by donors and charitable organizations whose gifts were specifically dedicated to this initiative.
To make a gift to Phases Two and Three, or learn more about the project, click HERE.
On Saturday, September 14, Quincy University celebrates the approaching 50 year anniversary of men’s soccer with the Hall of Fame inductions of Quincy College’s inaugural team (1964) as well the national championship teams of 1967, 1971, 1973, and 1974. Beginning at 5:00 p.m., the induction ceremony is open to the public at a cost of $15 per person. Dinner will be served beginning at 5:30 p.m.
To reserve a place at Saturday’s Hall of Fame induction ceremony, please contact the Quincy University Athletic Office at 217-228-5290. Tickets for all of the weekend’s soccer games are available at the gate.