Jim Mackenzie (American football)

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Jim Mackenzie
Sport(s) Football
Biographical details
Born (1930-01-15)January 15, 1930
Gary, Indiana
Died April 28, 1967(1967-04-28) (aged 37)
Norman, Oklahoma
Playing career
1949–1951 Kentucky
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1953–1954 Jenkins HS (KY) (assistant)
1955–1956 Allen Academy (TX)
1957 Missouri (assistant)
1958–1965 Arkansas (assistant)
1966 Oklahoma
Head coaching record
Overall 6–4 (college)
Accomplishments and honors
1966 Big Eight Coach of the Year (AP, UPI)[1]

James Alexander Mackenzie (January 15, 1930 – April 28, 1967) was an American football player and coach. He served as the head coach at the University of Oklahoma for one season in 1966, compiling a record of 6–4. Mackenzie was brought in after coach Gomer Jones failed to match the success of the legendary Bud Wilkinson, whom he had replaced. Mackenzie died of a heart attack during the spring following his first season at Oklahoma. He collapsed at home after returning from a recruiting trip.[2] Mackenzie was 37 years old and was survived by his wife, Sue Newell, and two children, Katheryn Sue and James Alexander, Jr.[3] Assistant coach Chuck Fairbanks, age 33, was named his successor four days later.[4]

Head coaching record[edit]


Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Oklahoma Sooners (Big Eight Conference) (1966)
1966 Oklahoma 6–4 4–3 4th
Oklahoma: 6–4 4–3
Total: 6–4


  1. ^ University of Oklahoma. "Oklahoma Sooners head football coaches". University of Oklahoma. Retrieved March 10, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Sooner coach dies at 37". Eugene Register-Guard. Associated Press. April 28, 1967. p. 3B. 
  3. ^ "Jim Mackenzie, Football Coach At U. of Oklahoma, Dead at 37". The New York Times. UPI. April 29, 1967. Retrieved June 23, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Oklahoma names Chuck Fairbanks". News and Courier. Charleston, SC. Associated Press. May 3, 1967. p. 1-C. 

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