May 2, 2013
STORRS, Conn. – Chris MacKenzie has been named the head women’s ice hockey coach at the University of Connecticut. Coming to UConn from Ohio State, MacKenzie brings 11 years of collegiate coaching experience in both the women’s and men’s games.
“My family and I are excited to be coming to the UConn family,” stated MacKenzie. “UConn is one of the top public universities in North America, branded with excellence in athletics and I’m excited to get started.
“Any change can sometimes be difficult, but I believe the team will be receptive to that change. I just want to come in with a strong work ethic and passion.”
Last 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.
“Coach MacKenzie is one of our game’s best minds,” commented OSU women’s Head Coach Nate Handrahan. “He has all of the talents and tools to help UConn develop their program to the level they would like it to be. He has been an asset for us at Ohio State and we will miss him dearly.”
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 two year old Morgan and are expecting a baby boy in May.
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