Chris Matusek, a four-year letterman in football at Middle Tennessee, is in his 10th year as a full-time employee with the program. Matusek spent the first two years as the program’s equipment manager before being elevated to administrative assistant in June 2005, a post he held for two years.
In 2007, Rick Stockstill named Matusek the director of football relations before moving him to his current role as director of football operations in April 2008.
Matusek oversees the daily internal operational functions of the football program while working closely with Coach Rick Stockstill. He is instrumental in team travel, recruiting weekends, the annual team banquet, the lettermen’s golf event, the walk-on program, and the “Recruiting Roundup” event held each February. Matusek also serves as the team’s liaison for pro scouts, on-campus housing, on-campus dining, academics during summer school, and oversees all football facilities.
Prior to his duties as director of football operations, Matusek oversaw the equipment operation and the team’s practice facility while assisting with the football program’s day-to-day operations. Some of those duties included ordering equipment and apparel for players and staff and overseeing the operation of Middle Tennessee’s student equipment managers. He also assisted with team travel and various day-to-day responsibilities.
Matusek also acts as the program’s former player contact, a responsibility Stockstill says carries great significance because of the importance of developing and maintaining relationships with former players and making sure they are informed of upcoming football-related events and feel welcomed back to campus.
One aspect of Matusek’s personality that has earned him respect among coaches and players is the consistency in which he achieves multiple tasks. That trait was evident during his Blue Raider playing career.
A native of Shelbyville, Tennessee, Matusek played and started all 43 games as a deep snapper from 1998 to 2001. Matusek was a member of the 2001 team that went 8-3, won a share of the Sun Belt Conference Championship, and became the first team to ever win a game against a team from the SEC. He also carries the distinction of being on the last I-AA team at MTSU and on the first I-A team.
In 2001, Matusek served as captain for three games during the season.
Matusek, who went his entire career without a bad snap, was originally a walk-on before being earning a scholarship for his final two years as a Blue Raider.
At Shelbyville, Matusek played quarterback for the Eagle football team. He earned four letters and tossed 10 touchdown passes as a senior. Matusek also lettered four years in baseball.
Matusek, who earned his degree from Middle Tennessee in industrial technology in 2002, is married to the former Katie Mellen of Green Bay, Wisconsin. The couple welcomed their first child, William Anthony, in April 2012.
THE MATUSEK FILE
Season at MT: 10th
Date Hired: July 1, 2003
Birthdate: June 3, 1979
Hometown: Shelbyville, TN
Spouse: the former Katie Mellen
High School: Shelbyville
College: Middle Tennessee, B.S. Industrial Technology, 2002
Deep snapper at MT (1998-2001)
ADMINISTRATIVE EXPERIENCE 2003-04: Middle Tennessee (equipt. mgr.)
2005-06: Middle Tennessee (admin. asst.)
2007: Middle Tennessee (football relations)
2008-: Middle Tennessee (football operations)
2006: Motor City Bowl
2009: New Orleans Bowl
2011: GoDaddy.com Bowl