March 18, 2008
WORCESTER, Mass. - The College of the Holy Cross football team has named Andy McKenzie its new quarterbacks coach, as announced by head coach Tom Gilmore. McKenzie comes to the Crusaders after spending the last six seasons as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Allegheny College.
During his time at Allegheny, McKenzie helped lead the Gators to the 2003 North Coast Athletic Conference title and a trip to the NCAA Division III Playoffs, with a perfect 7-0 mark in league games. His 2003 offense set 17 school records, while in 2006 his offense posted 2,505 passing yards, the second-most in school history. McKenzie's offenses featured a number of standout players during his six seasons at Allegheny, including running back Mario Tarquinio (3,187 rushing yards from 2003-2006) and quarterback Jimmy Savage (5,181 passing yards from 2003-2006).
Prior to his time with the Gators, McKenzie spent two seasons as the quarterbacks coach and recruiting coordinator and Williams College, where he was also an assistant baseball coach. He was also an assistant coach at Northeastern University from 1997-2000, working with the wide receivers for three seasons and the secondary for one year. In addition, McKenzie served as Northeastern's recruiting coordinator during his last two years with the Huskies.
McKenzie earned his bachelor's degree in English from Allegheny College in 1996, and went on to earn a master's degree in Exercise Science and Health Promotion from California (Pa.) University in 2006. During his undergraduate days at Allegheny, he was a three-year letterwinner at wide receiver, earning first team All-North Coast Athletic Conference honors in 1993 and 1994.
The Crusaders are scheduled to open spring practice on Thursday, March 20, with the annual spring game set for Saturday, April 19. The 2008 season is set to begin on Saturday, September 6, when Holy Cross plays host to Massachusetts.