Now entering his third year at the helm of the program, Chris MacKenzie was named the second head women's ice hockey coach in program history at the University of Connecticut on May 2, 2013. A 13-year veteran of the collegiate coaching ranks, MacKenzie brings experience in both the women's and men's games to his post at UConn.
A 2015 Hockey East Coach of the Year finalist, MacKenzie guided UConn to its most successful season on the ice in five years during his second season as the Huskies advanced to the 2015 Hockey East Tournament Semifinals for the first time since 2010. Overall, the Huskies posted an 11-18-8 record in '14-15, shaving six losses from the year prior. UConn won a WHEA Championship quarterfinal series at Maine, sweeping two from the Black Bears to advance to the semifinals Hyannis.
During MacKenzie's inaugural season in Storrs in 2013-14, the Huskies posted a six-win improvement from the prior year, the third-best mark in the NCAA. The signature win of the campaign came at home on Feb. 9, 2014, when UConn blanked then-No. 7 Boston College at Freitas Ice Forum for the program's first win over a ranked opponent since 2010.
MacKenzie's charges also excelled in the classroom during his first season, with UConn placing 12 student-athletes on the Women's Hockey East All-Academic Squad.
For the 2012-13 season, MacKenzie served as the assistant women's coach at Ohio State. The Buckeyes posted a 19-15-3 and fourth place finish in the WCHA. The 19 wins marked the second best win total in program history and the team reached as high as number six in the USCHO poll; the highest in program history.
Prior to joining the OSU staff, MacKenzie spent a two-year stint as the head coach for his alma mater at Niagara University, a year before the program was discontinued by the university. In two seasons, the Purple Eagles registered a 23-31-10 record, including two second place finishes in the CHA.
MacKenzie coached on the men's side for his first eight seasons at UMass-Lowell. During those eight seasons, the Riverhawks experienced three 20-win seasons and were the Hockey East Tournament runner ups in 2009.
As a player and 2000 graduate at Niagara, MacKenzie served as a team captain for all four seasons upon the program's inception in 1996. As a senior, he helped the Purple Eagles to a CHA Regular Season and Tournament Championship as well as an appearance in the NCAA Quarterfinals.
As a freshman, MacKenzie was honored by then-head coach Blaise MacDonald and then-assistant coach Dave Burkholder as the program's first captain. He currently holds several records at Niagara, including most goals, assists and points in a career and season by a defenseman. MacKenzie received Player of the Year honor in 1998 and was a CHA All-Star 2000.
MacKenzie earned his bachelor's of arts in Commerce from Niagara in 2000, graduating Cum Laude, and earned a master's of arts in psychology from UMass-Lowell in 2003.
MacKenzie and his wife Allison have a four year old daughter Morgan, and a one year old son, Ren.