JAMES A. MACKENZIE (Deceased)
Inducted: August 17, 1985 in South Bend, IN (posthumously)
Date of Birth: January 15, 1930 in Gary, IN
High School Attended: Gary Lew Wallace Graduated: 1948
High School Honors: Two-year letter winner in football, basketball, and baseball.
College Attended: University of Kentucky Graduated: 1952
College Honors: Full football scholarship under Paul “Bear” Bryant; played in 3 bowl games - 1949 Orange Bowl, 1950 Sugar Bowl, and 1951 Cotton Bowl; All-SEC Tackle 1951; selected to College All-Star Team which played game in Chicago.
Professional Athletic Background: Drafted by New York Giants but opted to sign with Toronto Argonauts of the CFL; due to severely injured ankle during College All-Star game, was unable to play pro ball.
Coaching Experience: Was a graduate assistant to Paul "Bear" Bryant at Kentucky; assistant football coach 2 years in Jenkins, KY, and 2 years as head football coach at Allen Military Academy in Texas; in 1957, became assistant coach at University of Missouri, then moved to Arkansas as defensive coach, moving up to assistant head coach; in 1965, became head coach for Oklahoma University where he remained until his death.
Coaching Honors: Arkansas won Cotton Bowl in 1964 and the Grantland Rice Trophy symbolizing the National Championship; during his tenure at Arkansas, teams played in 6 bowls in 8 years; named Big Eight Coach of the Year 1965; coached on the staff of the East-West game.
Family: Wife, Sue; children, Alex and Katherine (husband, John).
Coach Mackenzie passed away April 28, 1967.