Manny Matsakis

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Manny Matsakis
Sport(s) Football
Biographical details
Born (1962-04-16) April 16, 1962 (age 55)
New Britain, Connecticut
Playing career
1980–1983 Capital
Position(s) Placekicker
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1991–1993 Hofstra (OC)
1994 Kansas State (TE/ST)
1995–1998 Emporia State
1999 Wyoming (OC)
2000–2002 Texas Tech (ST)
2003 Texas State
2009 Winnipeg Blue Bombers (RB)
2010–2012 Enka HS (NC)
2013–2014 Bethany (KS)
Head coaching record
Overall 39–39 (college)
13–23 (high school)

Manny Matsakis (born April 16, 1962) is an American football coach and former player. He has 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, compiling a career college football record of 39–39.

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. 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]

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
Total: 39–39


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  2. ^ Cormack, Beth (March 25, 2013). "Bethany College announces new Head Football Coach". Retrieved March 28, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Bethany College Announces Paul Hubbard as New Head Football Coach". Victory Sports Network. December 16, 2014. Retrieved February 17, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Bethany College announces new Head Football Coach". Today in Kansas. March 26, 2013. Retrieved March 28, 2013.