Head Coach/Defensive Backs/Running Backs
Coach McKenzie is originally from Germantown, WI where he attended Germantown High School and was a 3-year letter winner on the football team. He holds the Germantown High School and North Shore Conference record for the Most Touchdowns Scored in a Single Game and The Most Points Scored in a Single Game with 6 and 36, respectively. He also holds the Germantown School record for Most Yards Rushed in a Single Game with 270. Coach then spent his first year of college at Carroll University where he earned Scout Player of the Week several times. After playing a year at Carroll, he transferred to UW-Milwaukee and eventually made his way on to the Club Football team. During his one season of play, he lead the team in non-passing touchdowns. He graduated from UW-Milwaukee with a double-major in Supply Chain & Operations Management and Finance.
Coach McKenzie was named Head Football Coach for the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Club Football Team, his alma mater, in January 2018. He will be entering his 4th year as a coach with the Panthers, holding positions of Running Backs Coach, Defensive Backs Coach and Defensive Coordinator. In three previous seasons with the team, McKenzie guided 4 different players at 4 different positions to All-American Honors. Most recently as Defensive Coordinator, McKenzie’s defense was responsible for holding opposing offenses to 13 Points/Gm.
Coach McKenzie is excited to build this program and take it to the next level. He plans on doing that by building a culture of Commitment, Accountability and purpose with the help of his Assistant Coaches and Players alike, and by putting an emphasis on the Student aspect of Student-Athletes.
Coach Poole is originally from Winnebago, MN, but attended High School in West Bend, WI. In high school he was an All-Conference player in football and team MVP. He then went on to receive an Associate Degree from UW-Washington County a B.S. in Education with a minor in Athletic Coaching from Marian College, in Fond du Lac, WI. While a student at UW-WC he participated in both golf and basketball and was caption of the basketball team. In 1996 he received the Scholar Athlete award.
He started coaching football in 1999 and did his coaching practicum at West Bend H.S., where he coached until 2011. Coach focused exclusively on defensive positions during this time, and was the Defensive Coordinator for four years.
Coach Poole was also the head coach at UW-Washington County Men’s Basketball Team from 1998 to 2012. Under his direction the Wildcats team accumulated 138 wins and 136 losses, a 50% winning record. The teams conference record was 78 wins and 66 losses, for a 54% winning percentage. According to him, “the opportunity to work with college athletes made my time coaching at UW-WC exciting, rewarding, and truly a positive experience.”
This will be Coach Poole’s first year with the Panthers, where he looks to bring his wealth of knowledge and experience to a young but hungry coaching staff!
Coach O’Connor played his high school ball at Elkhorn high school where he earned All-State Honorable Mention Honors as a Wide Receiver and was also a 4-year letter winner. He then started his collegiate career at UW-Oshkosh where he played receiver until a hand injury forced him to the defensive side of the ball. Coach then transferred to UW-Whitewater where he finished his collegiate career as a DB playing in the 2005 and 2006 D3 National Championship games.
Coach O’Connor has extensive experience training high-level athletes being a former owner/operator of a Crossfit gym, and has also ran QB and WR camps that have helped several athletes secure spots on Division 1 level sports teams.
2018 will be O’Connor’s 2nd season with the UW-Milwaukee Panthers Club Football team. In his first year with the program, he was the architect and driving force in bringing a brand-new offense to the Panthers. The offense saw immediate success under his leadership gaining over 300 yards in 4 of 6 games. Panther’s players also earned Conference Player of the Week honors in 3 different weeks
Coach Smith is from the Fox Valley where he attended Menasha High School and was a two-sport athlete earning letters in both Football and Track. Coach Smith was a 2-year varsity level starting Strong Safety. During his senior year at Menasha he earned 2nd Team VFA-SOUTH ALL-CONFERENCE Defensive Back in 2012. As a freshman at UW-Milwaukee, he broke the Club record for interceptions with 5 in a season which stood until 2016. 2013 would be the end to his defensive days when he made the transfer to Wide Receiver his sophomore year to be part of the Panthers most explosive offense to date. To end his senior season, he earned himself Offensive Player of the Year for the Panthers. He’s still active on the field to this day as he plays for the historic Racine Raiders. This will be Coach Smith’s first season coaching Wide Receivers at UW-Milwaukee.
Coach Smith is currently attending UW-Milwaukee to earn a degree in Middle Childhood Education. He plans to teach in the Milwaukee Public School system upon graduation.
Coach Newbauer is a married father of three. Originally from Annapolis, Maryland, Coach Jake has lived in many states as he comes from a Military family. In 2004 he moved to Waukesha where he attended Waukesha North High school. While attending North High School he was a multi-sport athlete competing in rugby and football. In football, he held down the middle of the defensive line at Nose Guard for two years. From his high school career, he garnered recruiting interest from several Division 3 and Division 2 colleges, but decided to pursue other opportunities. After high school he played Defensive Tackle for the Waukesha Raiders Semi Pro team. This will be Coach Newbauer’s first year with the Panthers!
Coach Jake’s passion and fire for the game will be an invaluable trait he will bring to the team, and something he will try to inspire in players. He is looking forward to contributing to the team this year and having a great season!