Matsakis with Bombers QB Michael Bishop              
(Courtesy: Winnipeg Free Press)

Personal: Coach Matsakis comes from a football family; his father Mike was a successful high school football coach and athletic director in the Ohio Valley at Powhaton, River & Shadyside High Schools. His three younger brother’s are scattered throughout the country in the football profession. Jim is currently the head football coach at Butler H.S. (NJ) and his teams have played for 3 state championships in New Jersey. George Matsakis is the Director of Football Operations at the University of Kansas and his youngest brother Elias is the Running Backs coach & special teams coordinator at Youngstown State (OH).

Coaching Experience: Manny’s previous coaching experience spans two decades as a high school, collegiate and professional football coach. Manny’s coaching career began at Barberton H.S. (OH) where he was part of a staff that tuned around the Magics from 1-9 the previous year to 7-3 in their first season. His next move was to Manhattan, Kansas where he joined Bill Snyder’s staff. While at K-State he contributed to engineering the greatest turnaround in the history of college football.

“Coach Matsakis is very detailed and meticulous about what he does. He’s well-organized, and he has a flair for doing things that are unique and different from what might be run-of-the-mill. He’s an innovator that motivates his players and I think that’s beneficial in college football today.”

– Bill Snyder, Head Football Coach – Kansas State University

The next 3 years were spent as the offensive coordinator at Hofstra University (NY), where the Flying Dutchmen established 34 school and 12 NCAA records. During this time he coached Wayne Chrebet (NY Jets), Dave Fiore (San Francisco 49ers), Demingo Graham (San Diego Chargers) to prominence. Following this stint, he spent one season as the Special Teams and Tight End coach at K-State – the Wildcats went 9-2 and played in the Aloha Bowl in 1994. He embarked on his first head coaching assignment at NCAA D-II Emporia State (KS) in 1995. As the Hornet’s head coach, his teams produced the single-season best in wins (9) and had the nation’s number one offense over a four-year period, while establishing 65 school, 40 conference and 22 NCAA records.

“Emporia State’s vaunted Triple Shoot Offense caught national attention, as Superback Brian Shay became the all-time leading rusher in NCAA history and was the 1998 recipient of the Harlon Hill Trophy.”

– ESU Sports Information Department

In 1999, Manny joined the Wyoming Cowboys as their offensive coordinator. The University of Wyoming’s offense had a single season conference turnaround from worst to first in scoring & total offense versus Mountain West Conference opponents.

“The Triple Shoot Offense is the toast of the Mountain West Conference this year.” (After giving up 550 yards & 38 points to the Wyoming Cowboys)

– LaVell Edwards, Former Head Coach  BYU

Matsakis’ next move was in the Big XII conference  joining Mike Leach’s staff as his Special Teams Coordinator & Assistant Head Coach. Manny was responsible for building the Red Raiders Special Teams Units as one of the finest in the nation, while also coaching Wes Welker (New England Patriots) to conference and national records as a punt returner. After 3 consecutive bowl appearances, the last of which was defeating the Clemson Tigers (55-15) in the 2002 Tangerine Bowl.

Manny was named Head Football Coach at Texas State University in 2003. While at Texas State the Bobcats established all-time records in revenue and attendance all the while improving every aspect of the program to put Texas State within striking distance of a conference title with and offense that was ranked 7th nationally and 1st in the Southland Conference. In 2004, Manny left college coaching to work for a multi-media educational company in the football industry while also working as a consultant to numerous high school and college football coaches. In 2008, Manny came back to his alma mater (Capital University – OH) as the Offensive Coordinator to mentor assistant coaches in implementing his offense. In 2009, he departed to guest coach in the CFL (Winnipeg Blue Bombers). As the season progressed he was promoted to Running Backs coach, then ultimately took over the duties as Offensive Coordinator at a critical juncture of the season. His success helped the Blue Bombers create an unforeseen turnaround on offense, which concluded with a positive finish to a difficult season, as the Bombers upset the Grey Cup Champion Montreal Allouettes (41-24). Versus the BC Lions, Coach Matsakis’ Triple Shoot Offensive run plays helped the Bomber’s Fred Reid set club records in rushing…

“The promotion of Manny Matsakis to take over the offense is the best decision Mike Kelly has made in his inaugural campaign. The Bomber offense has dramatically improved in the second half of the season.”

– Gary Lawless, Winnipeg Free Press

Manny Matsakis is currently the head football coach of the Enka Jets in western North Carolina. He has successfully taken his team to 2 consecutive play-off appearances in his first two seasons as head coach. (A first for the Jets.) Manny holds the distinction as the founder of American Football Quarterly® Magazine (Today called, American Football Monthly®) the worldwide leader for football information for the football coaching profession. He is also noted for writing numerous articles on the sport of football.

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