Manny Matsakis

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Hosted by Manny, episodes of this podcast cover a variety of topics. From interviews with football professionals, to the analysis and application of knowledge gained from different books, Manny discusses topics as they relate to American Football.

The Manny Matsakis Show encourages coaches and football enthusiasts to listen and gain knowledge that will help you Win on the Field and Optimize your Life!

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The Parthenon Approach

As a head coach, it’s vital to have a plan and to work toward your ultimate destination. When I was a young assistant coach at Kansas State University, I was fortunate to sit in staff meetings with Bill Snyder as he created the greatest turnaround in the history of college football.

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Optimizing Your Office Space

Over the years I have worked in cubicles, open work environments, and individual offices. If you are fortunate to have your own office, I would like to share with you a process that I have gone through to create an optimal workspace.

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The Coaching Carousel

In the Spring, the coaching carousel slows down and you can reflect upon the lessons learned from this turbulent time of the year when coaches are hired, fired and moving from place to place at an unprecedented pace. In speaking with an Athletic Director friend of mine, he made mention that he wondered if football coaches are ever really happy where they are…

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Stop Hoping for Completion

Some football coaches make the error of thinking that one day it will be done. They think, “If I can work enough, then one day I can take a break.” Or, “One day my program will be entirely organized and life will be on auto-pilot.”

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A Football Coach’s Guide to Self Assessment

Today I went through my morning ritual and I was inspired to create some information to get the New Year rolling with a self assessment. Realize that the New Year can start at any time. For most of us, it’s on January 1st. However, you can start the New Year when you are compelled to make a change and move forward.

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A Football Coach’s Blueprint to Win the Day

How do you “Win the Day”? Football coaches are notorious for being early risers. As I have researched early morning risers in football, I’ve noticed that not all coaches have a routine to start the day that actually sets them up for success.

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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 Former Kansas State Head Coach
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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 Mississippi State Head Coach
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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 Former Winnipeg Blue Bombers Head Coach
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Hi, I'm Manny Matsakis.

If you’re tired of the “grind” and wondering if there’s more to coaching than working yourself to a nub for the sake of potential victories; then you’ve come to the right place. 

Together with my team, I help overwhelmed high achieving football coaches to win on the field, optimize their life, and lead with confidence. I like to think I’ve grown through that process myself and will continue to do so! 

Formerly the Founder and CEO of American Football Monthly, I’m also the Head Football Coach of The Defiance College Yellow Jackets in Ohio. But my favorite wins are at home – my marriage to my wife, Elizabeth, two sons (Michael & Eli), my daughter (Meredith) and the best vital health and energy of my life, to name a few. 

Through courses that help you win on and off the field (Propel Yourself Blueprint and Triple Shoot Online), podcast episodes (The Manny Matsakis Show), plus this blog and YouTube channel (MannyTV)  – we’re creating a transformation for the overworked football coach. Every day, I see football coaches trade burnout for optimization, the grind for balance. I hope you’ll join me on this journey.

Manny with Quarterback Michael Bishop (Winnipeg Blue Bombers)

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