It was never going to be easy to fill the shoes of Kaz Ikuta, but a Timberwolves legend is up to the challenge. Today, the University of Northern British Columbia officially announced long-time UNBC Men’s Basketball player Marcus MacKay as the new Coordinator, Athletics & Recreation.
“I’m really excited to start this new opportunity with UNBC. Both of my parents were gym teachers and athletic directors at points in their lives so I’ve spent quality time around athletics programs my entire life,” said MacKay. “Being a part of a university athletics program on an administrative level is something I’m super proud of and so are my parents. I can’t wait to start.”
A product of Terrace, MacKay joined UNBC Basketball in 2013 and played until his graduation in 2018. He crossed the stage with a Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in Human Resources. MacKay points to his career as a Timberwolves student-athlete as providing unique perspective and understanding of the day-to-day expectations around a university athletics department.
“My experience as a TWolf is why I desperately wanted this position, I loved being a student-athlete and I love being around other student-athletes. We have such a tight-knit culture at UNBC which makes it easy to want to stay involved with our program. I want to treat our athletes how I was treated, and I’m going to work as hard as possible to deliver on that.”
The TWolves received resumes and applications from candidates across the country, before deciding MacKay was the right fit. UNBC Director of Athletics, Loralyn Murdoch is thrilled to add an individual with years of experience in the Timberwolves family, and the dedication to grow and learn in the position.
“Marcus joins the Timberwolf family with a lot on knowledge from the student athlete perspective while also having opportunities to work for the Athletics department and NSC in varying capacities. I’ve known him and his sports orientated family since he was a small boy playing minor basketball in Terrace and have watched him grow into an outstanding young man with a lot of potential as he begins his professional career. We look forward to mentoring Marcus and allowing him to grow the position to suit his strengths while continuing to keep the bar at the highest standard.”
MacKay had a tremendous career in green and gold, concluding his UNBC time sitting top-five in TWolves’ Canada West history in points, assists, steals, and first in three-pointers. In his new position, he will handle coordinator duties of Timberwolves gameday operations, as well as on-campus recreations, such as intramurals. The Timberwolves resume Canada West conference play in September.
I’m hoping I can bring a good perspective on what our athletes’ needs and wants are, utilizing my experience of being a student and student-athlete for five years,” said MacKay. “I’m super grateful that Loralyn and her staff gave me this opportunity. My time as an athlete was amazing but I’m even happier that I get to stay apart of the athletics family now and in the future.”