Providence baseball coach out after financial, accounting violations found

Providence baseball coach Mac Mackiewitz watches players practice running drills in January 2021 on the opening day of practice for the spring season. (Kevin Talley, News4Jax)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Providence School’s longtime baseball coach Mac Mackiewitz is no longer with the program after several violations among the school’s financial and accounting policies and practices were uncovered and found to pertain to Mackiewitz.

In an email sent to parents, the school said that the decision was “based upon evidence of violations of the school’s accounting policies, financial policies and practices, and billing irregularities.”

Mackiewitz won his 400th career game in 2019 and finishes his Providence tenure with 450 victories. He led the Stallions to state championships in 2008 and 2012, as well as state runner-up finishes in 2009 and ‘13. Mackiewitz’s career made him one of three coaches honored on the News4JAX All-25 baseball team in 2020.

“Unfortunately, as we close out 2022, it is with great difficulty we share with you, effective immediately, Coach Richard “Mac” Mackiewitz is no longer associated with Providence as an employee,” the letter read.

“This decision was reached after due diligence, careful thought, and abundant prayer. The decision is based upon evidence of violations of the school’s accounting policies, financial policies and practices, and billing irregularities. We know that this news comes as a surprise to our community as it did the leadership of Providence. However, we are confident that it is in the best interest of both parties moving forward,” the letter read.

In an email response to parents, Mackiewitz took accountability for the actions.

“I just wanted to follow up with the school’s email and let you know this is not Providence’s fault. This is 100% my fault so please don’t be upset with the school. I violated the school’s accounting and financial policies. It breaks my heart I won’t be at Providence any longer. It has been an amazing 22 years there and I look forward to finding out what God has for me,” he wrote in a letter to parents.

The school said it was already searching for a new baseball coach.

About the Author:

Justin Barney joined News4Jax in February 2019, but he’s been covering sports on the First Coast for more than 20 years.