Coaches' Corner Volume 59 - Coaches
Corner Host John Anderson goes on location in
Candler, NC to visit with Coach
Manny Matsakis, currently the Head Coach at Enka HS
to talk about his Triple Shoot Offense, its
tough-to-defend Choice Routes, and a
number of other topics. With a resume that
includes stints in college football at places such
as Texas Tech, Kansas State, Wyoming, Hofstra and Emporia State,
and time in the Canadian Football League, Coach Matsakis is well known in coaching circles and
shares a wealth of knowledge in this edition of
About the Guest on this Edition of Coaches Corner
Coach Manny Matsakis
is the Head Football Coach at
Enka High School in
Candler, North Carolina. His previous coaching experience spans two decades as a high school, collegiate and professional football coach.
From the start of his coaching career at Barberton H.S.,
Coach Matsakis has contributed to a number of
turnarounds, including a few in big-time college
football at places like Kansas State under Bill Snyder (still one of the
greatest turnarounds in the history of college football),
Texas Tech under Mike Leach, and the University of Wyoming.
While serving as Wyoming's Offensive Coordinator in
1999, his Triple Shoot Offense resulted in a record-setting 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”,
said BYU Head Coach LaVell Edwards, after giving up 550
yards & 38 points to the Wyoming Cowboys that year.
Matsakis had similar success at stops at smaller
schools, including Hofstra University (NY), where as
Offensive Coordinator his teams set 34 school and 12 NCAA records
over his three years on the staff; and Emporia State,
KS, where as Head Coach at NCAA D-II school 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.
After brief stint as Head Football Coach at Texas State University
in 2003, Coach Matsakis returned to entrepreneurial
pursuits for six years (it is not widely known that
Coach Matsakis founded American Football Quarterly, the
predecessor to American Football Monthly) and also worked as a consultant to numerous high school and college football coaches,
including a return to his alma mater (Capital University – OH) as the Offensive Coordinator to mentor assistant coaches in implementing his offense.
He returned to coaching in 2009 in the CFL (Winnipeg Blue Bombers),
where he was at the heart of a mid-season offensive
turnaround, before being named Head Coach at Enka in Feb