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Lucais MacKay enters his second year as an assistant coach for the Nittany Lion track & field program, MacKay oversees the throws program.
In his first season in Happy Valley, MacKay helped Penn State capture two conference championships as the women's team earned the Big Ten indoor title followed by the men capturing the first Big Ten title in program history during the outdoor season.
MacKay's athletes combined to set four top-10 program marks across three events. Alyssa Robinson recorded the fourth best mark in shot put (i) (53'-5.75") as well as the No. 7 mark in the hammer throw during the outdoor season at 187'-6". Obeng Marfo's mark of 183'6" sits at No. 9 all-time in the hammer throw while Stephanie Sievers launched the eighth-farthest throw in the javelin at 159'-9".
Following a successful season for the throws group, that featured a 35-point performance for the men's event group at the Big Ten Championships, 12 student-athletes advanced to the NCAA East Preliminary meet in Lexington, Ky. with Obeng Marfo competing in two events while David Lucas competed in three.
The NCAA Championships featured three Nittany Lions competing in the men's javelin throw with Michael Shuey earning All-American honors as he launched a school record throw of 250'-9" to finish third. Obeng Marfo, Jon Yohman, and David Lucas also competed at the NCAA Championships following their first season under MacKay's watch.
Michael Shuey and Micahel Biddle advanced to the USATF Championships with Shuey earning a bronze medal and increasing his throw to a distance of 255'-8" to wrap up an eventful first year for MacKay and crew.
Prior to his time with the Nittany Lions, MacKay came to Penn State from Oklahoma State University where he was the throws coach during the 2015-16 academic year. During his lone year with the Cowb, ys MacKay helped guide Nick Miller to a NCAA Championship in the men's hammer, as well as Chase Ealey the NCAA runner-up in the women's shot put, while at Oklahoma State.
Prior to his time at Oklahoma State, MacKay served as the throws coach at Southeastern Louisiana where he coached the men’s and women’s throwers for two seasons of indoor and outdoor competition. Just four years removed from international competition, MacKay coached 10 Lions throwers to All-Southland honors at the conference meet, and six athletes to the NCAA preliminary rounds.
Before his days at Southeastern Louisiana, MacKay coached Division-III champion and record-holder Eric Flores to a hammer throw title, as well as the women’s hammer throw runner-up while at California Lutheran University. During his time at CLU, MacKay was awarded the D-III Outdoor Women’s Track and Field Assistant Coach of the Year Award and had 11 throwers win conference titles in just two seasons.
In 2003, MacKay took home the NCAA hammer throw title for the University of Georgia. He was a six-time All-American and eight-time All-SEC thrower as a Bulldog.
After originally attending the University of Southern California on a football scholarship, MacKay transferred to Georgia to focus on throwing. He then graduated from Georgia in 2005 with a Bachelor of Science in Sociology and in 2012 received a Master of Arts in Coaching and Athletic Administration from Concordia University, Irvine.
MacKay, the son of a track and field coach, graduated Hughson High in California as the top-ranked discus thrower in the United States.