- Mackovic was named as the head coach of Team USA for the 2007 IFAF World Cup of American Football held at Kawasaki, Japan. Team USA went on to defeat Japan to win the World Championship of American Football.
John Mackovic is the head coach of the U.S.’s first American Football World Cup team. The former college and professional American football head coach, is preparing the U.S. team to compete in the 3rd American Football World Cup tournament. Previously, Mackovic had served as the head coach in college football for Wake Forest University, the University of Illinois, the University of Texas, and the University of Arizona. Mackovic was the head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League.
In between his head coaching stints at Wake Forest and the Kansas City Chiefs, Mackovic was an offensive assistant under Tom Landry with the Dallas Cowboys.
Mackovic’s tenure at Texas included a gutsy call in the Inaugural Big 12 championship game. His Texas Longhorns (a 21 point underdog to the 2-time defending national champion Nebraska Cornhuskers), were leading the game, 30-27, with about 2 minutes to play, and had the ball fourth and inches at their own 28. Mackovic not only decided to go for the first down, but called for his quarterback, James Brown, to fake a running play and roll out and pass the ball. Brown found his tight end, Derek Lewis, 10 yards behind the defense at the Texas 45, and connected on what became a 61-yard gain. Priest Holmes ran for a touchdown on the next play, essentially clinching the Big 12 championship for Texas. Frustrated by an offense that was perceived as too conservative, the University of Arizona hired Mackovic as head coach to replace Dick Tomey. In his two and a half year tenure, Mackovic never posted winning record.
Mackovic was named as the head coach of Team USA for the 2007 IFAF World Cup of American Football held at Kawasaki, Japan. Team USA went on to defeat Japan to win the World Championship of American Football.