Mackenzie Catalina

16-5 Mesquite - Head Coach

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Coach Fun Facts

  • Her foot is an actual foot (12 inches)
  • Traveled to 9 countries and 13 cities in Europe in 5 weeks
  • Would be an incredible sports analyst
  • Dual-sport college athlete (softball and volleyball)
  • Earned 2 college degrees in 4.5 years

Coach Bio

This season (2024-2025) Mackenzie Catalina is the head coach for Roots Volleyball’s fifth 16s team – 16-5 Pecan.

Mackenzie was born in Austin and attended Leander High School. She was a standout for the Lady Lions and earned numerous awards including 1st Team All-District (2 seasons) and 2nd Team All-District (1 season) awards. She also excelled off the court earning Academic All-District (4 seasons) and Academic All-State (1 season) honors.

In addition to volleyball Mackenzie was a varsity softball standout and earned Academic All-District (4 seasons), Academic All-State (1 season), Academic All-State Honorable Mention (1 season), 2nd Team All-District (1 season), and 1st Team All-District (1 season).

Mackenzie is Roots Volleyball/Texas Eclipse alumna (12U-18U). Her 12U team (12 Green) earned an American bid to USAV Girls’ Junior Nationals at Lone Star Regionals and had a top 25 finish. Mackenzie’s 13U team (13 Green) narrowly missed qualifying with a 3rd place at Colorado Crossroads National Qualifier in Denver, Colorado. Her 14U team (14 Green) qualified at the Nike Mideast Qualifier (USA division) in Indianapolis, Indiana with a 1st place finish. She led her team to secure a silver medal, which was the first medal ever earned for Roots Volleyball, at USAV Girls’ Junior Nationals. Her 15U and 16U teams had several strong finishes.

Mackenzie’s 17U team (17 Under Armour) finished 5th at both their national qualifiers – Nike Mideast National Qualifier (USA division) and Lone Star Classic National Qualifier (USA division) narrowly missing a USAV National bid. Her 18U team (18 Under Armour) also narrowly missed qualifying at the Lone Star Classic Qualifier with a 5th place (USA division) finish. She graduated from LHS in 2018 and continued her playing career collegiately at Texas A&M International University.

Makenzie earned a bachelor’s in accounting (2021) and a master’s in management (2022) from Texas A&M International University. She graduated Magna Cum Laude and was a member of the Accounting Society, FCA, and the vice-president on Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC).

Mackenzie earned many athletic and academic accolades during her time as a Dustdevil. During her freshman season she was a member of the honor roll and dean’s list. During her sophomore season she earned 2nd Team All-Conference, All-Tournament team (pre-season), Team MVP, and Offensive Player of the Team honors and was a member of the honor roll and dean’s list.

During Mackenzie’s junior season she earned Offensive Player of the Year, 1st Team All-Conference, Academic All-Conference, Athlete of the Year, Player of the Week, Team MVP, Offensive Player of the Team, All-Tournament Team (Nationals) honors and was a member of the honor roll and dean’s list. During her senior season she earned 2nd Team All-Conference, Academic All-Conference, Team MVP, and Offensive Player of Team honors. She also broke 10 records and was a member of the honor roll and dean’s list.

During her 5th season (extra COVID year) she earned 1st Team All-Conference, Academic All-Conference, Team MVP, Offensive Player of Team, and President’s Scholar Award honors and was a member of the honor roll, dean’s list, and earned the community service achievement award. Mackenzie broke several records as a Dustdevil including 1,000 kill club, all-time kill leader at TAMIU, most kills in a 5-set NCAA match, most kills in a 4-set NCAA match, most kills in a 3-set NCAA match, top 5 in attempts at TAMIU, and top 5 in digs at TAMIU.

Mackenzie understands the enormous role volleyball played in her life and shaping her into the person she is now. She loves the game and strives to teach and inspire the younger generation and help them experience all youth sports has to offer. Mackenzie comes to Roots Volleyball with 2 previous season of club coaching (top 20 finish at Lone Star Classic) and 3 seasons of select softball coaching. She also previously worked with Bastrop High School’s volleyball team.

Mackenzie currently resides in Burnet/Cedar Park and works as at TCS Mechanical in HR, accounting, and payroll. This is Mackenzie’s 1st season coaching with the Roots Volleyball family.