Ralph McKinzie
Ralph McKinzie

Position:
Basketball, Baseball Coach, Trainer

Experience:
1940-63

Year Inducted:
1978


(Charter Member). Renown to generations of Northern Illinois student-athletes as "Mac" or "Coach Mac." Became NIU's third full-time men's coach after HOF peers George "Chick" Evans and Carl Appell (1940). Served 24 years in various capacities such as head men's basketball coach (1940-48), baseball coach (1945, 1949-56), tennis coach, track coach (1943), football aide (1940-56), and athletics trainer (1956-63). Went 94-56, plus won three Little 19/IIAC crowns (1940-41, 1944-45, 1945-46) on hardwood. Produced three league titles on diamond (1945, 1950, 1951). Won North Central Relays track title (1943). Inducted into seven Halls of Fame (NIU, NAIA, Eureka College, IBCA, Greater Peoria, Bloomington-Normal Officials, and NIU Physical Education Hall of Pride). Recipient of Washington (DC) Touchdown Club's coveted "Timmie Award" with Bill Walsh, Tony Dorsett, Tom Landry, Ronald Reagan, etc. (1982). Memorialized on three school facilitiesСtwo football fields at Eureka (1933 & 1984) and baseball diamond at NIU (1993)Сnamed in his honor. Coached six sports and Reagan (in football) at Eureka (1921-38), plus two years at Wartburg (IA) College (1938-40). Returned to Eureka after NIU "retirement" and became known as nation's oldest active football coach. "Football makes me young," said "Mac" at age 92. Regarded as greatest undergrad athlete at Eureka. Played football, basketball, and baseball at Oklahoma Methodist College and Eureka. Served in U.S. Army during World War I. Blackwell (OK) product (Deceased).