John Mackson will be entering his first season as Head Coach of the University of Michigan-Dearborn Men's Basketball team. Coach Mackson comes to the Wolves from Taylor Kennedy High School in Taylor, MI. Coach Mackson was the Head Coach at Kennedy for five seasons where he led his Kennedy teams to unprecedented success. In his five seasons at Kennedy he compiled a 74-40 record. In the last three seasons Macksons' teams were 53-19. They won their league twice and finished runner-up last season after losing 9 seniors. In 2010 he led the Eagles to the school's only Regional Championship and Quarterfinal appearance as well as setting the schools' high water mark for victories in a season with 21. Following that season Mackson was chosen as the Region 1 High School Coach of the Year by the Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan and was selected as the Metro Coach of the Year by the Detroit Free Press. This season he lead the Eagles to the school's first ever back to back District Championships. For the third season in a row he was selected as the Downriver Boys Basketball Coach of the Year by the News Herald.
In his time at Kennedy Mackson also served as JV Basketball coach, Head Girls Basketball coach and Varsity boys track coach. Prior to going to Kennedy he did a short stint as an assistant coach at Oakland Community College and was an assistant Varsity and middle school basketball coach in Williamston. He is the latest in a long line of basketball coaches in his family. His mother Joan, served as the Varsity Girls Basketball Coach at Pinconning High School in Pinconning, Michigan from 1996-2001. His grandfather John Benington was head coach at Michigan State University from 1965-1969 and also served as head coach at St. Louis University and Drake University.
Coach Mackson graduated from Michigan State University in the Spring of 2000. He has a Bachelor of Science in Earth Science and a minor in Psychology. He completed the Teacher Education program at MSU in 2001 and has been teaching science at Kennedy for ten years. In 2007 he received his Masters in the Art of Teaching from Marygrove College. He currently lives in Westland with his wife Robyn, and their three children Dominic, Madison, and Anthony.
Ron graduated from Taylor Kennedy High School in 1999 where he played 3 sports and was a 3 time all league performer in football, basketball, and baseball. Ron started at Quarterback all 3 years on varsity and was also a starter at Cornerback. In baseball, Ron set 10 hitting records at Kennedy and tied a state record with 3 home runs in a game. He was a 3 year all-region player, had a career batting average of .484 including hitting .552 with 8 home runs his senior year. He won 2 district championships, played in 4, and advanced to the regional finals in 1998. In Basketball, Ron was named 4th team All-State for class A in 1999, played in 4 district championships, won 2 district titles, and is the school's career scoring leader with over 1,200 points.
After High School Ron attended Wayne State University on a Baseball Scholarship and was the starting centerfielder from 2000-2003. Ron played 1 year of Basketball in 2001 at Wayne State for Coach Ron Hammye. He was a 2 year All GLIAC player for baseball and was 3rd in the conference in hitting in 2002 (.396). Ron won 2 semi-pro world series with Jet Box Baseball club in2007 and 2009, and was named a national all-star 3 times.
Ron completed the Teacher Education program and graduated with a Bachelor's degree from Wayne State University. He has a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and a Minor in Health. Ron was born in Dayton, Ohio on June 16, 1981. He grew up on an Air Force Base as his father Ron Sr., served 22 years in the military. Ron has lived in many places including Dayton Ohio, Pensacola Florida, Frankfurt Germany, Oscoda MI, Anchor Bay MI, and finally in Taylor MI. Ron grew up in a family of 6. Ron grew up as the oldest of 4 siblings and was raised by his parents, Ron Kochan Sr. and Deanna Kochan. He has two younger brothers, Corey and Travis, and a sister Kelsey.