Golf Coach and Sports Information Director
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Danny McKenzie. in his fourth year as golf coach, is also assistant director of public relations and sports information director at Blue Mountain College.
He was named the 2012 TranSouth Athletic Conference Men's Golf Coach of the Year, and in 2013 led BMC to the NAIA Men's National Championships in Salem, Oregon.
A veteran of 30 years in the newspaper business in Tupelo, Miss., Owensboro, Ky., and Jackson, Miss., McKenzie was named Mississippi's top news columnist six times in addition to receiving numerous state, regional and national news and sports writing awards. In 1994, he received the School Bell Award from the Mississippi Association of Educators for his support of education.
During his sports writing career, McKenzie reported on several PGA Tour events -- including six major championships (Pate in the '76 U.S. Open and Nicklaus in the '86 Masters come to mind) -- Mississippi and Kentucky state amateur championships, the Mississippi PGA Invitational, Kentucky Open, and several high school and college events. He has also competed in many area amateur tournaments. In 1969, he missed a three-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole of the final round to lose the Mosswood Country Club championship to Willie Box. He has never fully recovered.
An alumnus of Hinds Community College and the University of Mississippi, McKenzie is a certified lay speaker in the United Methodist Church, has served on the Millsaps College national marketing council, and is a past president of the Tupelo Rotary Club. He served on the board of directors of the Mississippi Arts Commission (2000-2005), and was vice-chairman and chairman. He also serves on the board of directors of (and is a participant in) Tupelo Community Theatre, and is a member of the Golf Coaches Association of America.
His book, A Time to Speak: Speeches by Jack Reed, was published in 2009 by University Press of Mississippi, and he updated The Egg Bowl: Mississippi State vs. Ole Miss, published in 2010 by UPM. McKenzie's first book, Matters of the Spirit: Human, Holy and Otherwise, was published in 1998; it contains more than 40 of his newspaper columns about "faith-based" issues.
He and his wife, Lee, live in Tupelo; they have two children and two semi-perfect grandchildren. They are members of First United Methodist Church, where he is allowed to sing tenor in the chancel choir.