The Wichita Wild is pleased to announce the addition of Ken Matous as the team’s Head Coach. Matous comes to the Wild from the Columbus Destroyers of the Arena Football League (AFL) where he served as Offensive Coordinator, Special Teams Coordinator, and directed player personnel for the past three seasons. Matous has 27 years of coaching experience under his belt, including six in Arena Football.
Ken’s coaching career began in 1978 when he was an assistant to his father at Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College. The following season, he served as a graduate assistant at Wichita State and then worked his way into a full-time coaching position. In 1983, Matous was moved on to East Carolina University, where he served as wide receivers coach through the 1988 season. He held the same role the next season at the University of Cincinnati.
In 1990, he became the Assistant Head Coach and Offensive Coordinator at Austin Peay.
From there he moved to the University of Mississippi, where he was the wide receivers coach from 1991-93 and helped Ole Miss to a Liberty Bowl berth in 1992. In 1994, he helped the Duke Blue Devils reach the Outback Bowl. He stayed with the Blue Devils for the next five seasons.
Matous began working in Arena Football in 2001 with the Carolina Cobra of the AFL. In 2002, Ken became the Offensive Coordinator at Western Carolina University. Matous became the Head Coach of ArenaFootball2’s (af2) Tulsa Talons in 2004. With very few players returning from the 2003 ArenaCup championship team, he rebuilt the Talons and guided them to an AF2 best 13-3 record and a Southwest Division title.
Following that season, Matous spent the 2005 season as Special Teams Coordinator for the New Orleans VooDoo of the AFL. Matous started his tenure in Columbus in 2006 as Offensive Coordinator and was there until accepting the position with the Wild.
Matous played quarterback for his father at Hutchinson Community College (Kan.) for two years and then played two years at Western (Colorado) State. He attended Hutchinson (Kan.) High School and lettered in football, basketball, and track. He and his wife, Ruth, reside will reside in Wichita and are the parents of daughter Kendall (21