My story so far .......
Permanent Resident: New Zealand & Canada
To many of Macky's close friends, he is known as a nomad travelling the world coaching football. Every since he was a kid, he only knew football and has always been passionate for the sport. Macky started his first coaching gig at 17, coaching his high school U15 Boys team and has never looked back since. Eleven years coaching national women's teams in New Zealand and Malaysia and competed in three World University Games and nine years of Canadian collegiate experience.
At 15 years of age, his parents migrated to New Zealand from Malaysia. While growing up in Malaysia, Macky played football with his friends in mud-infested field, with shoes used for goals and everyone played in bare-feet.
By the age of 17 he was trusted into coaching while still at high school, coaching the U15 Boys team. Macky has been known to establish new programs wherever has been. It began with his high school coaching exploits, where he established the first high school girls team and within two years under his leadership, they qualified for the New Zealand Secondary Schools National Championships. Few years later he took over the high school boys team once again led them to the New Zealand High School Championships for the first ever time in the school history.
In 1998 Macky was appointed National Technical Director for the New Zealand Universities Football Council. That same year he was also appointed Head Coach of the New Zealand Universities Women's National Team. He never expected to stay in the position for 10 years and end up turning around a program that was struggling for respect and reputation through the football fraternity in New Zealand. During his reign the national team competed in three World University Games in South Korea, Turkey and Thailand played in two international invitational tournaments in Malaysia and New Zealand and toured Australia and Singapore.
He headed back to his birth country to take up the position of Head Coach for the Malaysia National Women's team and the U19's in 2005. He was also appointed as the National Technical Director for the women's department. He only spent a few months in the role before returning back to New Zealand for his second spell as Head Coach the New Zealand Universities Women's National team.
Macky moved to Canada from New Zealand in December 2007, to work for Soccer New Brunswick as their Regional Technical Director. While working for Soccer New Brunswick, Macky was hired as the Head Coach of the Women’s Soccer team at St. Thomas University for five years from 2009 - 2014. He led the STU Tommies to two consecutive ACAA Women’s Soccer Championship berths in 2012 and 2013, with 2012 being the first time in ten years. Macky coached two CCAA Academic All-Canadians, ten CCAA National All Scholar Award, one ACAA Rookie of the Year and twelve ACAA 1st Team and 2nd Team All-Conference student-athletes. Macky compiled a 17-5-35 record.
Just completed his 4th season at Olds College, Macky has led the Broncos Women’s Soccer to two consecutive ACAC Women’s Soccer Championship qualifications in 2016 and 2017, with 2016 being the first ever in school history. He has coached one CCAA Women’s Soccer All Canadian, four CCAA National Scholar Awards and six ACAC All-Conference Team student-athletes.
As the Head Coach of the Broncos Men’s Soccer, the 2017 season has been very successful, finishing fourth during regular season, just missing out on a berth to the ACAC Men’s Soccer Championships. The Broncos Men’s Soccer success in 2017, led to Macky to being named the ACAC Men’s Soccer Coach of the Year. In the four seasons he has coached one CCAA Academic All Canadian, five CCAA National Scholar Awards and two ACAC All-Conference Team student athletes.
Macky holds a Canadian Soccer National B Coach License, New Zealand Football National Academy Coaching License, FIFA Futuro III Instructors Course and NCCP Competition Development (Level III). Macky has a Bachelor’s Degree in Sports Coaching and a Diploma in Sports Psychology.
Macky is a true student of the game always seeking to improve his knowledge and learning best practices of coaching. He is constantly studying the game at every opportunity either attending coaching courses, seminars and conferences or spending time browsing through the internet, watching games, reading numerous coaching materials or networking with fellow coaching colleagues.
"His awareness of the game, tactics, player development and high performance are strong and he has a strong ethic of self-development through attendance at appropriate coaching courses and conferences". - Jim Ellis former Executive Director of University Sport New Zealand.
Macky gained a Bachelor in Sports Coaching and Diploma in Sport Psychology academically. Football wise he complete his NZF Academy License along with NZF Coach Educator Certificate in New Zealand and part 1 of the NZF International Coaching License. While in Canada he has already gained his CSA B License and in the process of completing the CSA A License. In 2009, he was among only few coaches throughout Canada to be invited to attend the FIFA Futuro III Instructors Course.
Recently, Macky was named 2017 Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) Men's Soccer South Division Coach of the Year. In 2001 he was University Sport New Zealand (USNZ) Coach of the Year.