Jim Mackenzie
Biographical details
Born(1930-01-15)January 15, 1930
Gary, Indiana
DiedApril 28, 1967(1967-04-28) (aged 37)
Norman, Oklahoma
Head coaching record
Overall6–4 (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 recordEdit


Year Team Overall Conference Standing
Oklahoma Sooners (Big Eight Conference) (1966)
1966 Oklahoma 6–4 4–3 4th
Oklahoma: 6–4 4–3
Total: 6–4
Indicates BCS bowl, Bowl Alliance or Bowl Coalition game.


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