Hansen-Spear Funeral Home – Quincy, Illinois

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.

Jack Mackenzie | Hansen-Spear Funeral Home ~ Quincy, Illinois

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:





  1. My deepest condolences to the Mackenzie family. Played soccer at SLU (68-72), and also a graduate of McBride High School, but loved Quincy. Jack willed be missed ——Jim Draude.

  2. Sharon and Family…..my deepest sympathy to you all. Coach took a chance and gave me an opportunity that no one else would….and it changed my life forever. Sure, the wins/championships were great but as a result of my QC Hawk experience I have some great, lifelong friends. And Coach was one of them. God Bless you all.

  3. Dear Mackenzie Family,
    Coach Mackenzie was the perfect coach for me to have. I coached High School soccer for 22 years. I never heard Coach Mackenzie cuss. He was always well prepared for practice and for matches. Everyone knew he had a strong faith.
    I tried to emulate the example he set.
    Thank you Coach Mackenzie.

  4. Jack was and continues to be the Giant and the Giants “killer” putting all of us under his spell. My first whipping came in the 1966 NAIA semifinal in Trenton, NJ when Mike Villa and Edmundo Comancho beat my Gordon team 2-0 and then spanked Trenton St 6-1 for the c’ship! But Jack made us feel like champions as people. The Lord always could be seen in his life and love for others! Well done good and faithful servant, Jack!

  5. I met Coach Mackenzie back in 1969 as a soccer player at Eastern Illinois University playing against Quincy College. Since those early days I have watched and learn from one of the best in our sport. The Passing of a good man “Great man, great leader, and an even greater loss.” Condolences to all his immediate and extended family.

  6. Dear Coach Mackenzie Family: My deepest sympathy to all of you. My last memory of Coach was at mass during our 45th college reunion in September, 2018. Jack did so much for so many and will always be remembered by those of us whose lives he touched! The prayers of the Chaplet of The Divine Mercy are with Coach.

  7. Sharon, Scott, Chris, Kevin, Brian, Beth, and Megan:
    I was devastated to hear the news about your husband and father. Quincy has lost one of its finest. The family he and Sharon created extends far beyond all of you. He was a “father,” coach, mentor to so very many of us….not just his students and his athletes. Countless 1000’s of us, many unbeknownst to you, learned LIFE lessons from him through our conversations and his actions. But, above all he LOVED all of you the most. I will pray that God gives you the strength you need in the days ahead, but also that HE fills your hearts, souls, and minds only with the wonderful memories you shared together. God Bless.


  8. Sorry to hear of Jack’s passing. We had some good and spirited talks about City issues over the years. Prayers for Sharon and the entire family!

  9. Sharon and family — what a great hubby, dad, and human being Jack was. He is with Jesus now because he was a good and faithful servant. Peace to all of you…..

  10. My memory of Coach Mackenzie will be meeting him the first time at my first NAIA Championship as administrator in 1979 in Springfield. I was in awe of the Quincy program and its small college dynasty. The only reason people did not get upset with their dominance was the way Jack ran his program with integrity, character and class. In fact, that is what I will remember most. A man of class. God bless his soul and thoughts and prayers to his family and the Quincy soccer community at this difficult. Heaven has gained a Hall of Famer,

  11. What an honor to have known Jack as a coach, teacher and friend. I will cherish many lessons learned not only from what he said but how he lived. Condolences to the entire Mackenzie family.

  12. Mackenzie Family, my deepest sympathy in this most difficult time. Jack was my advisor at Quincy College, and part of who I consider the Fab 5. John Ortwerth, Ann Bergman, Frank Longo, Sharlene Peter, and Jack. We all know about Jack’s coaching and championships, but I have to tell you that he was really at his best in making good teachers. I remember Jack as a truly authentic person in his personal and professional life. A model for us all. May God Bless and comfort you all.

  13. Sharon and the family.. so sorry to hear this news. Jack is a great guy. He always had great words for the team and family.


  14. Jack was a friend, classmate, and teammate from our days at McBride HS sixty years ago. He was always a “straight-shooter.” A man of great faith and love for his family. My deepest condolences to Sharon and the entire Mackenzie family. Jack will be missed, but not forgotten.

  15. Sharon and kids, please feel the presence of God comforting you and giving you peace! Jack will be missed and fondly thought of by many ! Sorry for your loss — Suzy Schaefer Sorensen

  16. What an honor to know Jack and his family. The world has lost an example of how to live a giving life. What an awesome guy.

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