Lady Wolves Softball Camps
Interim Head Softball Coach
John Mackinson is the Interim Head Softball Coach for the JJC softball program. He was the assistant coach for the Lady Wolves for the past three seasons.
Mackinson began his coaching career at Morris Community High School (MCHS) where he served as the head softball coach from 1978-1996. His teams compiled a record of 441-157, won nine conference titles, six regional titles, and earned the IHSA AA State Championship in 1992. MCHS had 14 seasons with twenty or more wins and four seasons with thirty or more wins under Mackinson's tenure. John retired from Morris Community High School in 2008 after 33 years of teaching History, Geography, and Drivers Education. He also coached basketball and served as the school's athletic trainer. In 2002, Mackinson was inducted into the Illinois Coaches Association Softball Hall of Fame.
From 1997-2002, John managed 16U and 18U teams in the Orland Park Sparks softball organization. From 2004 through 2009 he coached 16U and 18U teams in the Morris Rowdie Katz softball organization. In 2008, he led the 18U Rowdie Katz to a third place finish in the ASA "B" national tournament.
From 2010 through 2014, Mackinson served as an assistant softball coach at Lewis University under legendary softball coach, George DiMatteo. During that time, the Flyers compiled a record of 158-95, won two GLVC conference championships, and secured three NCAA tournament bids.
A native of Pontiac, Illinois, Mackinson received his associate's degree from Parkland College. He earned his bachelor's degree in Physical Education and master's in Secondary Education from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana.
John and his wife Kathy of 43 years reside in Odell, Illinois. They have three grown children: John, Kim, and Jason.