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Football - Mon, Mar. 25, 2013

Bethany College announces Emmanouel "Manny" Matsakis as the new Head Football Coach.

"Bethany College football is getting so much more than a coach in Manny Matsakis," says Interim Athletic Director Scott McClure. "The search committee found an innovative teacher and entrepreneur who will infuse his unique and systematic approach in building a football program here.  Under Coach Matsakis' leadership, Swede football will be entertaining, competitive and fun for the team, the campus and the community."

Matsakis has spent the past three years as the head coach at Enka High School in North Carolina. Prior to his current position, Matsakis was in the Canadian Football League as the offensive coordinator for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers after serving at the offensive coordinator for one year at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio. Matsakis' coaching experience also includes head coach at Texas State University, assistant head coach at Texas Tech University, offensive coordinator at University of Wyoming, head coach at Emporia State University, special teams coordinator/tight ends coach at Kansas State University, offensive coordinator at Hofstra University, assistant coach and graduate assistant coach at Kansas State University and assistant coach at Barberton High School in Barberton, Ohio.

"My family and I are genuinely excited for the opportunity to join the Bethany College family. I am really looking forward to building upon the great tradition of Bethany College football," says Matsakis.

From 2004 to 2007, Matsakis stepped away from coaching to serve as President and CEO of Big Season Sports, a multimedia sports conglomerate. He also founded the American Football Quarterly magazine, which is now American Football Monthly, the national trade journal for football coaches.

In 2007, Matsakis began Triple Shoot Football Clinics to help high school and college football coaches implement his offensive system. He conducts coaching clinics nationwide as well as football camps for high school and youth league players.

Matsakis was a three-time All-Conference kicker at Capital University (1980-83) and was a four-year letter winner. He currently holds the school record for longest field goal for making a 54-yarder in 1981. He was drafted in the 8th round of the 1984 NFL draft by the Philadelphia Eagles.

Matsakis earned his Bachelor of Arts in biology from Capital University in 1984. In 1986, he received his teaching certification in science from Capital University and in 1989 he received his Master of Science degree in curriculum and instruction from Kansas State University.

Follow Matsakis on Twitter @MannyMatsakis and his website http://www.coachmatsakis.com.