MacKenzie out, Sciba in as Niagara’s women’s coach

Chris MacKenzie has resigned as head coach of the Niagara women’s hockey team to pursue a position within a professional hockey organization and assistant coach Josh Sciba will assume the role of interim head coach for the upcoming season.

MacKenzie, who played for the Purple Eagles, graduating in 2000, was the second head coach in the history of the NU women’s program, following Margot Page, and coached Niagara for the past two seasons.

Sciba played at Notre Dame from 2003-2007 and will be entering his fourth season with Niagara.

“I’m proud of the progress this program has made,” said MacKenzie in a statement. “The team has improved in athletics, academics and community involvement which is in line with our school mission. I would anticipate this year to be the program’s best in a long time. Although very tough, this is a personal decision to spend more time with my family and pursue some unique opportunities elsewhere.”

A national search for a head coach will take place following the upcoming season.