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Defining A Legend: QU unveils Mackenzie Field in honor of Jack


QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -- As WGEM Sports first reported on Saturday, Quincy University has unveiled plans for a $1.5 million dollar renovation to the North Campus soccer complex.

The announcement came at Saturday nights dinner honoring former head coach Jack Mackenzie, whom the new field will be named after.

It's a tribute to a man that not only stands for unparalleled success on the sidelines, but also as model human being.

"The word that comes to mind when I think of Jack is class," said QU athletic director Marty Bell.

"Integrity, all of the things that are important to being a great coach, great leader, and a great mentor. He's been a mentor to me in my time here."

Current QU head coach Mike Carpenter worked under Mackenzie for years, and took plenty of great lessons from his former boss.
"He loved it every day," Carpenter expressed.

"It brought him a lot of joy, obviously he did it for 43 years and that kind of stuff is contagious."

Maybe more impressive than Mackenzie's nine national titles, 500 career wins, and four national coach of the year awards, is a continued unselfish approach, never putting himself ahead the programs historic success.

"I was the head coach for most of these trophies and plaques, but it's really not about me, I always think it's about we," Mackenzie told WGEM Sports.

"All of the other coaches, the players, the fans, it's been a team effort to get us to this point."

"Jack has done a great job through 43 years of producing high quality individuals and people of great character which is the ultimate sign of a great coach," added Marty Bell.

"To produce athletes that reflect who you are and what your values are, and that's exactly what Jack has done over his career."

The impact of Jack Mackenzie stretches well beyond the confines of Quincy University, throughout a city where he will forever be an iconic figure to the game of soccer.

"The people in the community took me in, in 1969, and they have been extremely good to myself, my family, and the program," said Mackenzie.  

"I think God has a plan for everybody, and his plan for me was to be at Quincy college, to be in Quincy Illinois and be part of this particular soccer family."

"I've had a tremendous life, and like Lou Gehrig said at the end of his career, 'I'm the luckiest man on the face of the earth."

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