Dimel Adds Offensive Coordinator

January 19, 1999


Manny Matsakis, who for the past four years has been the head coach at Emporia (KS) State, is Wyomings new offensive coordinator, Head Coach Dana Dimel announced Tuesday.

In his four seasons with the Hornets, Matsakis was 26-18, including 16-6 the past two seasons. The 1998 Hornet squad was ranked 10th in NCAA II. The 9-2 was Emporias first nine-win season in school history.

Dimel said that in addition to his coordinator duties, Matsakis also will direct the Cowboy quarterbacks.

"Manny and I were together at Kansas State, and I have the greatest respect for him," Dimel said. "He is a very detailed, very organized coach. He is a hard worker, and a great fundamental coach. He will fit in very well with our young staff. We are extremely excited to have him.

"By hiring Manny, I will be able to devote additional time to the many roles of the head coach," Dimel continued. "I think he is a great fit."

Matsakis, a native of Shadyside, Ohio, came to Emporia State after two stints as an assistant coach at Kansas State University. His first assignment at K-State was as a wide receiver coach from 1988 through 1991. His second was as tight end and special teams coordinator for the Wildcats in 1994. Between those jobs, he was offensive coordinator at Hofstra (1991-93).

While at Emporia State, Matsakis teams set 22 NCAA offensive records, 44 Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association records, and 65 school marks. His teams led the MIAA in total offense in 1995, 1996 and 1997, and led the nation in offense in 97, and was second in scoring.

Matsakis is a 1984 graduate of Capital University (Columbus, OH). He earned his masters degree from Kansas State in 1987. He was an All-America and a three-time All-Conference player at Capital, and was a draft choice of the Philadelphia Eagles in 1984.

He, and his wife Meg, have a daughter, Meredith and a son, Michael.

In addition to Matsakis, Dimel announced two changes within his staff. Dr. Sheahon Zenger, who has coached running backs for the past two seasons, has been elevated to the position of assistant head coach in addition to his backfield duties.

Travis Pride, a Cowboy graduate assistant for the past three seasons, has been named a full-time assistant, Dimel said. Pride will continue to work with tight ends as he has done since coming to Wyoming. He recently received his masters from Wyoming.