ABOUT

Hi, I’m Manny Matsakis. I am the Offensive Coordinator at Widener University in Chester, Pennsylvania. My primary objective at Widener is to contribute to the success of our football program by running a system I have created called the Triple Shoot Offense. I created the Triple Shoot Offense in 1996, after being a pure Run & Shoot proponent during my years coaching at Hofstra University (1991-1993). I saw a problem that limited our ability to win football games at Emporia State and I solved it with my offense. I am the founder of American Football Monthly, a trade journal that I created to help coaches improve our profession. I have been fortunate to put myself in a position to succeed both on and off the gridiron and would like to help you do the same.

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My Content

For years, I have had football coaches refer to me as their mentor. I’ve finally decided to own that role and be intentional about it. My mission is to help football coaches that are high achievers win on the field and in life by implementing the essentials of my philosophy & methodology.

To that end, I write about X’s & O’s, coaching football, leadership, productivity and personal development. On occasion, I write about topics that don’t necessarily fit neatly into one of these categories. Ultimately, I give you an “insider’s perspective” of my life as a career football coach. You can find out more on my Start Here page.

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My goal is to create insightful, useful content that you can put to work in your personal and professional life. If you consider yourself a high achiever – someone who wants to optimize their life as a football coach – then this blog is for you.

I typically post once a week, occasionally more. To make sure you don’t miss my latest posts, you can subscribe via e-mail. It’s quick, easy, and you can unsubscribe at any time.

My Coaching Background

Head Football Coach: Emporia State University (KS), Texas State University, Bethany College (KS) and Enka High School (NC).
Assistant Head Coach: Texas Tech University.
Offensive Coordinator: Hofstra University (NY), University of Wyoming, Capital University (OH), Winnipeg Blue Bombers (CFL) and Widener University (PA).
Special Teams Coordinator: Kansas State University and Texas Tech University.
Tight Ends Coach: Kansas State University.
Receiver Coach: Barberton High School (OH).

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This Is What Some People Think About Me

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. He’s an innovator that motivates his players and I think that’s beneficial in college football today.”Bill Snyder
Kansas State University
Manny Matsakis had been the head coach at Emporia State in Kansas and started the magazine American Football Quarterly. I hired him as my assistant head coach and special teams coordinator. Manny is someone I relied on to help me build the program in Lubbock. He is very organized and can wear numerous hats administratively while coaching our players at a high level.”Mike Leach
Washington State University
I first met Manny Matsakis in 1988 and found him to be one of the most intriguing and innovative thinkers that had ever been introduced to me. I continue that belief as I have traveled a path with him through his inception of American Football Quarterly (now Monthly) magazine and AFQ University clinics, to our parallel head coaching experiences to Manny serving as my offensive coordinator in the Canadian Football League and here at Widener University. He takes a sensible approach born from the extensive study of the history of offense with insight to inherent weaknesses of the defense and eliminates the clutter of preparation to efficiently manage the time of his staff and his life.” Mike Kelly
Widener University

My Associates & Influences

I have been very fortunate to have worked with and be mentored by some of the finest coaches in the business. It’s not every day that a young football coach gets to become part of the greatest turnaround in college football history. Having the opportunity to work with Bill Snyder at Kansas State has been very instrumental in my organizational processes.

Here’s a staff photo at K-State …

Kansas State Staff 1994

Kansas State Staff 1994

In the back row of this photo (L-R) are Mark Mangino (Former Kansas HC), Mo Lattimore (Longtime D-Line Coach at KSU), Dana Dimel UTEP HC), Bill Snyder, Rod Humenuik (Longtime NFL & CFL O-Line Coach), Myself, Greg Porter (Kickers Coach). Front row (L-R) Rod Cole (Strength Coach), Mike Stoops (Former Arizona HC & current DC at Oklahoma), Del Miller (Longtime OC at KSU), Bob Stoops (Former Oklahoma HC), Bruce Van de Velde (FBO & Former AD at Iowa State), Jim Leavitt (Former South Florida HC & current DC at Oregon).

If that experience wasn’t enough …

I enjoyed working with Mike Leach as his Assistant Head Coach in Lubbock, Texas. Our staff at Texas Tech was a virtual think-tank as we embarked upon taking the Red Raiders to the upper echelon of the Big XII conference.

Here’s a staff photo …

Texas Tech Coaching Staff 2001

Texas Tech Staff 2001

In the back row of this photo (L-R) are Dennis Simmons (Oklahoma WR Coach), Sonny Dykes (SMU HC), Ron Harris (D-Line Coach), Ruffin McNeill (Oklahoma Assistant Head Coach) Dave Aranda (LSU DC), Dave Brown (DB Coach), Art Briles (Former Baylor HC). Front row (L-R) Robert Anae (Virginia OC), Dave Nichol (Washington State WR Coach), Tommy McVay (Longtime FBO), Myself, Mike Leach (Washington State HC), Greg McMackin (Former Hawaii HC), Dana Holgorsen (West Virginia HC), Bill Bedenbaugh (O-Line Coach at Oklahoma) Brian Walsh (Defensive Personal Assistant).

My Family

I am married to my wife Elizabeth and we are parents to three children, Meredith, Michael, and Eli. My daughter Meredith graduated from High Point University (NC) majoring in Visual Merchandising Design and currently works at Design Works International in New York City. Michael is a junior at Duquesne University (PA) majoring in Music Composition and Technology and our 5-year-old, Eli stays at home with his dog Spartacus – a 170 pound Great Dane!

Eli taking Spartacus for a Walk

Eli taking Spartacus for a Walk

I am the oldest of 4 boys and each of my younger brothers has taken their own path in athletics. James is the head football coach at West Orange high school (NJ). George has been involved with football (Video, Football Operations) as well as in athletic administration at the Division 1 level. My youngest brother Louie coaches special teams at the University of Kentucky.

In my free time, I enjoy reading, working out, cooking, listening to podcasts and staying in touch with people that are important to me.

There’s Something You Should Know About Me

I’m not your typical career football coach. Unless being a serial entrepreneur is part of that requirement.

See, years ago, I started on this journey of entrepreneurship and created five different companies while coaching the game. (I guess I wasn’t busy enough…) I set out to be this football coach that juggled his career along with numerous other ventures on the side. I worked 18-hour days for two decades and rarely took vacations…

In 1997, I completed my first fire-walk in Denver with Tony Robbins & I thought I could do it all!

However, I discovered this lifestyle was a recipe for disaster. No matter how driven I was, I just couldn’t do everything and enjoy my life.

I realize now that if I just focus on what is essential in my life I can make the greatest contribution and happily achieve.

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Why Should You Listen to Me?

This last point is significant.

I have screwed up quite a bit along the way. In that process, I have failed forward. I’ve learned so many lessons that I will share with you to give you that profound knowledge which is so critical to being a professional in today’s football coaching environment.

My Contact Information

You can contact me via e-mail or follow me on Twitter.