John B. “Jack” Mackenzie
Coach John Butler “Jack” Mackenzie went home to be with the LORD November 28, 2018 at 7:07 PM surrounded by family and friends who dearly loved him at Blessing Hospital in Quincy, IL.
Born February 26, 1941 to John “Scottie” Mackenzie, and Mary Jane (Ratican), Jack attended McBride High School (1959), and earned a scholarship to play football at the University of Missouri, Columbia. He left after a year to attend Washington University in St. Louis, earning both his BS in Physical Education (1963) and MA in Education (1968).
Jack married his high school sweetheart, Sharon Bechtold, though he claims to have fallen in love with her in sixth grade. They married on June 2, 1962 at St. Leo’s Catholic Church in St. Louis, MO. and had six children: Scott, Christopher, Kevin, Beth, Brian, and Megan.
Jack worked at Augustinian Academy (STL) until moving to Quincy College as professor and coach at the invitation of Frank Longo. He was the head men’s soccer coach for 43 seasons for the Hawks, compiling a 516-258-76 (65.2% winning percentage) overall record. Those 516 victories rank 10th in NCAA history, regardless of division. He is third on the NCAA Division II all-time victory list.
Over four decades, Jack’s teams won nine NAIA National Championships and he was awarded NAIA National Coach of the Year four times, producing 31 All-Americans.
He was inducted into the NAIA Hall of Fame, NCAA Hall of Fame, United Soccer Coaches Hall of Fame, St. Louis Players, and QU Hall of Fame.
In the last 2011 season, his Hawks won the Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament for the first time since being in the conference. “When the goal hit the back of the net,” he said to himself, “I was retired. That’s my last game and I can ride off into the sunset.” Though this win may not have been to scale of many other achievements, it certainly was one of his most cherished wins because he left “The Beautiful Game” on top.
The Special Olympics men’s soccer team had a special place in his heart, too. “Those boys did way more for me than I ever did for them. I love them like brothers.” He coached the Special Olympics team for many years.
Coach always brought out the best in people and mentored so many players into incredible young men. Many have said, “You always learned a lot from Jack—not just for the soccer field, but for life.” He always strove to be kind to everyone he met and did whatever he could to make someone else’s day more enjoyable. He was passionate, a man who was above reproach. He loved his family, his church, and his Jesus.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Sharon, and sons Scott; Christopher (Leigh) and their children, Julian and Isabella; Kevin (Susan) and their sons, Andrew, Tyler, and Luke; and Brian (Bonnie) and their children, Kate and Jack; along with their two daughters, Beth (Chad) Hilbing and their children Jake, Grace and Sam; and Megan (Adam) Henke and their daughter, Genevieve. Jack was preceded in death by his parents, Scottie and Mary Jane.
Service: 10:00 am Celebration of Life Mass on Monday, December 3, 2018 at the Quincy University Chapel.
Burial: Greenmount Cemetery, Quincy, Illinois
Visitation: 12:00 to 4:00 pm on Sunday, December 2, 2018 at the Quincy University Chapel.
Memorials: QU Men’s Soccer, Quincy Notre Dame Foundation, or Blessed Sacrament Church, Quincy, IL
Hansen-Spear Funeral Directors are in charge of arrangements.
TRIBUTE to Jack Mackenzie on the floor of the US House of Representatives: