May 9, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio State women's hockey head coach Nate Handrahan has announced the addition of Chris MacKenzie to his coaching staff as an assistant coach.
"We are grateful to have such a great person joining us here," Handrahan said. "Coach Mackenzie will bring a variety of experiences to our program that will be valuable to our long term goals as well as an energy that is infectious. Our current and future players will benefit greatly from a coach of his caliber."
MacKenzie comes to Ohio State after three successful seasons as head coach of the women's program at Niagara University (2009-11). During his time at Niagara, he led the Purple Eagles to back-to-back second-place finishes in the College Hockey America (CHA) regular season, its highest finish since joining the conference in the '02-'03 season. Prior to his time at Niagara he was a Division I men's assistant at University of Massachusetts - Lowell (UML) from 2001-2009. While with UML, he helped guide the program to two Hockey East Final Four appearances in `01-`02 and `08-`09.
"I want to thank Coach Handrahan for the opportunity to join this coaching staff and help build a program that is a national contender," MacKenzie said. "Everything about Ohio State is impressive and I can't wait to get started. My family and I are excited to join the Ohio State Community."
Prior to becoming a coach, MacKenzie played collegiately at Niagara. He helped start the men's hockey program in 1996 and played four seasons, graduating as one of the most successful Purple Eagle defenders.
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 and his wife, Allison, have a daughter Morgan.