Nighthawks name Tennessee native DeMatteo head coach

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (RELEASE) - The Knoxville Nighthawks have made a change at the top.

Cosmo DeMatteo will be the new head coach replacing Chris Mackeown.

DeMatteo was Defensive coach of the Georgia Force (AFL) in 2012, Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator and Director of Player Personnel of the Tennessee Valley Vipers in (AF 2). He led the Vipers offense for two seasons and spent a total of seven seasons in the Arena League, including five as a player. In 2008, the Vipers won the Arena Cup and, in 2009, they were the Eastern Division Champions.

“I am really looking forward to working with the Knoxville organization and building a winner for the city to be proud of,” DeMatteo said.

“Fans expect and deserve the best product possible when it comes to indoor football and I am going to make sure that happens.”

DeMatteo had a impressive playing career. He was a wide receiver in NFL Europe (2002), MVP and offensive MVP AF2 (2002), was named Iron Man of the Year AFL (2003).

DeMatteo received his B.A. in Psychology from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in 2001. In 2010 he was inducted to the school’s Athletics Hall of Fame, and shortly after graduation he was named to the "All-Century Football Team" along with Terrell Owens. He was also a two-time I-AA All-American, two-time All-Southern Conference Wide Receiver and still holds the NCAA Division I-AA record for most receiving touchdowns in one game (6). DeMatteo stands second in the UTC record book in career receptions and fourth in yardage.

Coach DeMatteo has also been on the big screen to play a role in the remake of "The Longest Yard" and was a principal actor in Disney's "Invincible".

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