Brescia junior Will McKenzie doesn't consider himself as a "big man" on campus, however, his influence is well known in his brief two years in Owensboro. McKenzie has won many accolades since becoming a Bearcat in the fall of 2011, but is becoming best known as the "voice" of the Bearcats during men's and women's basketball games.
William Joseph McKenzie was born June 8, 1993 and raised in the small Kentucky town of Russellville. His father Terry McKenzie, is a purchasing agent for Knight Electric and my mother Candy Hardiman, is the Materials Manager for Logan Aluminum, both located in Russellville. "My parents have been my biggest influences," says McKenzie, "without them I wouldn't be here. They've supported me from day one, no matter whether I've had a good or bad day in whatever I've been doing."
Athletics have always played a significant role in Will's life. Although he is a mathematics major, he says, "My main goal in life is to be working with sports, whether it be in coaching, administration, or broadcasting," but added the great thing about receiving a college education is if a career in athletics doesn't work in his favor he can always go into accounting because he will have his degree to fall back on.
As a member of the Bearcat golf team, he had a breakout year in 2012-2013 winning a tournament at My Old Kentucky Home golf course in Bardstown, KY and receiving medalist honors in two other tournaments earning him All-KIAC honors as a sophomore. He credits his father for helping elevate his golf game, saying, " My dad has been helping me with my golf game for as long as I can remember and I wouldn't be on a college golf scholarship without his help."
His game peaked this summer as he qualified for the Kentucky State Amateur Open. Although his score wasn't what he would have wanted in the event, he was happy to get his feet wet among the elite golfers of Kentucky. "My State Amateur experience was great," says McKenzie, "I loved the atmosphere. Playing in that was something that I had never experienced before. I hit the ball well, just couldn't make any putts. I wish I had played better, but that's golf."
The 2012-2013 academic year was a turning point for Will McKenzie the student, and the man. After a meeting with men's basketball coach Josh Gibson in the fall of 2012 he agreed to announce games courtside for the Bearcats and subsequently ended up doing Lady Bearcats basketball games as well. "I started helping my dad broadcast games on the radio when I was younger and I got very interested in broadcasting," says McKenzie, adding it, "also got me interested in announcing games as well and once I got an opportunity to announce a few games in high school, I fell in love with it."
Coach Gibson says, "Will was such a professional when it game to doing the job. He always went above and beyond what was required of him, even helping burn DVD's for opposing teams after games, helping officials set up in their locker rooms, showing up early and helping clean up at the end, he was a consummate professional. We greatly appreciated his efforts last season." Women's coach Summer Quesenberry adds, "Will displays great passion and university pride in everything he does. From announcing games to volunteering for basketball practice squad, his positive outlook and work ethic enables those he encounters to strive to be better." McKenzie hopes is set to announce for more sports this year as he will add women's soccer duties as well, "I hope to get more involved this coming year and announce as many games as I can, across all sports."
From humble beginnings to a vibrant present, Will McKenzie is leaving his mark at Brescia university. Having a great family support system and a great passion for being involved, Will no doubt will leave Brescia in a couple of years with big shoes to fill; as a campus leader, volunteer, and humanitarian.
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