Manny Matsakis

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Manny Matsakis
Current position
TitleHead coach
Biographical details
Born (1962-04-16) April 16, 1962 (age 58)
New Britain, Connecticut
Playing career
1987Indianapolis Colts
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1989–1990Kansas State (assistant)
1991–1993Hofstra (OC)
1994Kansas State (TE/ST)
1995–1998Emporia State
1999Wyoming (OC/QB)
2000–2002Texas Tech (ST)
2003Texas State
2008Capital (OC)
2009Winnipeg Blue Bombers (RB)
2010–2012Enka HS (NC)
2013–2014Bethany (KS)
2015–2017Widener (OC)
Head coaching record
Overall41–57 (college)
13–23 (high school)

Manny Matsakis (born Emmanouel M. Matsakis; April 16, 1962) is an American football coach and former player. He is the head football coach at Defiance College, a position he has held since 2018. Matsakis served as the head football coach at Emporia State University from 1995 to 1998, at Texas State University in 2003, and at Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kansas from 2013 to 2014.

Playing career[edit]

Matsakis is a 1984 graduate of Capital University in Columbus, Ohio, where he was a four-year letter winner and a three-time First Team All-Ohio Athletic Conference selection as a kicker. He still currently holds the school record for longest field goal, a 54-yarder in 1981.

Coaching career[edit]

Emporia State[edit]

Matsakis was the 19th head football coach for Emporia State University in Emporia, Kansas and he held that position for four seasons, from 1995 until 1998. His overall coaching record at Emporia State was 26–18.

Assistant coaching and high school[edit]

During the mid 1990s, Matsakis served as an assistant coach at Hofstra University on Long Island. In 1999, Matsakis served as the offensive coordinator at the University of Wyoming. In 2000, he accepted the position of special teams coach at Texas Tech, where he coached until he became the head coach at Texas State for the 2003 season. While at Texas State, Matsakis managed to violate at least 14 NCAA violations in his first and only season. No reason or explanation was given to the players as they showed up for practice for his skipping town. One of the violations was having the players practice 40+ hours a week while taking classes(the max allowable practice time is 20 hours). Matsakis returned to Capital University when he was hired as the offensive coordinator for his alma mater on February 15, 2008 by new head coach Jim Bickel. Matsakis was hired by the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League (CFL) to replace the ill Andy Cox as their running backs coach two weeks into the 2009 season.

In 2010, Matsakis was hired to be the head coach at Enka High School in Candler, North Carolina where his teams compiled a 13–23 record before resigning in 2013.[1]


In March 2013, Matsakis was hired as the 17th head coach for the Bethany Swedes in Lindsborg, Kansas.[2] He remained there as head coach for the 2013 and 2014 seasons.[3][4]


Matsakis spent the three years, 2015 to 2017, as the offensive coordinator at Widener University in Chester, Pennsylvania.


In July 2018, Defiance College announced that it had selected Matsakis as head coach of the Yellow Jackets.[5]

Head coaching record[edit]


Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Emporia State Hornets (Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association) (1995–1998)
1995 Emporia State 5–6 4–5 6th
1996 Emporia State 5–6 5–4 T–4th
1997 Emporia State 7–4 5–4 5th
1998 Emporia State 9–2 7–2 2nd
Emporia State: 26–18 21–15
Texas State Bobcats (Southland Conference) (2003)
2003 Texas State 5–7 2–3 T–3rd
Texas State: 5–7 2–3
Bethany Swedes (Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference) (2013–2014)
2013 Bethany 2–9 1–8 T–9th
2014 Bethany 6–5 5–4 T–4th
Bethany: 8–14 6–12
Defiance Yellow Jackets (Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference) (2018–present)
2018 Defiance 1–9 1–7 8th
2019 Defiance 1–9 1–6 T–7th
Defiance: 2–18 2–13
Total: 41–57


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  2. ^ Cormack, Beth (March 25, 2013). "Bethany College announces new Head Football Coach". Retrieved March 28, 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "Bethany College Announces Paul Hubbard as New Head Football Coach". Victory Sports Network. December 16, 2014. Retrieved February 17, 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ "Bethany College announces new Head Football Coach". Today in Kansas. March 26, 2013. Archived from the original on November 13, 2013. Retrieved March 28, 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ "Defiance selects Manny Matsakis as head football coach - News - Defiance College". Retrieved September 26, 2018.

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