Jamal McKenzie enters his fifth season under head coach Maco Hamilton for the 2017-18 season.
McKenzie has been by Maco’s side for the past seven years, and has 10 years of coaching under his belt.
Jamal started school at Santa Clara University in 1994, but took several years off from school to help run a non-profit group home located in San Jose, California. It was at this group home that McKenzie found his passion for working with troubled and at risk youth. He worked at the home up until 2004 when he moved with his then fiancé to Vancouver, Washington.
He finished his schooling at Washington State University in 2006, where he earned a degree in Public Affairs with an emphasis in criminal justice and a minor in sociology.
Jamal and his wife Ebony just celebrated their 12 year wedding anniversary in 2016 and have two children: Asha, age 10, and Hasani, age 7.
McKenzie currently works as an at-risk advocate at Union High School and as the scheduling coordinator for Janus Youth Programs.
In his own words, Jamal had this to say, “I’m blessed to be able to still be coaching with Maco who shares the passion of using basketball as a tool to build great young men. I am excited about where we are going as a program.”