LINDSBORG — Manny Matsakis, who engineered the KCAC’s best turnaround last season, will not be back for a third year as Bethany College head football coach.
The announcement was made Monday in a press release from the college.
“I would like to thank coach Matsakis for his service to Bethany College," Dean of Athletics Dane Pavlovich said. "The search for a permanent replacement will begin immediately."
The well-traveled and well-connected Matsakis produced a 2-9 first season at Bethany in 2012, as injury problems devastated the team from the start. However, the Swedes charged back to finish 6-5 this past season, 5-4 in the KCAC to give him a two-year record of 8-14 overall, 6-12 in the conference.
Prior to his time at Bethany, Matsakis had been the head coach at Enka High School in North Carolina for three years.
But he’s a longtime veteran of the coaching ranks. He was in the Canadian Football League as the offensive coordinator for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers after serving as the offensive coordinator for one year at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio. Matsakis' coaching experience also includes being the head coach at Texas State University and Emporia State University, while also serving two separate stints on Bill Snyder’s staff at Kansas State.
Matsakis has served as the President and CEO of Big Season Sports, and 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.
It was a system, though, that never reached its full potential at Bethany, primarily due to his revolving door at the quarterback positions due to injuries and suspensions.
Matsakis was a three-time All-Conference kicker at Capital University (1980-83) and was a four-year letterwinner. He holds the school record for longest field goal for making a 54-yarder in 1981. He was drafted in the eighth round of the 1984 NFL draft by the Philadelphia Eagles.