Matt Diniak Hired To Lead Twisters
The National Gridiron League is pleased to announce the hiring of Matt Diniak as Head Coach of the Arkansas Twisters for the 2019 season.
Diniak graduated from Grand Valley State University in 1998 where he was a wide receiver / running back for current Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly. After graduation, he briefly joined the Grand Rapids Rampage of the Arena Football League as a wide receiver before injuries cut his career short.
In 2001 he joined the staff of his alma mater assisting with the wide receivers. The Lakers went 15-1 and appeared in their first-ever national championship game. During that 2001 campaign, the Laker offense averaged 62 points per game, and wide receiver David Kircus set the All-NCAA record with 29 touchdown receptions. Kircus finished his career as the school’s all-time leader in catches (222), touchdowns (76) and yards (4,142) before being drafted by the Detroit Lions in the sixth round.
From 2002 - 2005, Diniak joined the staff at the University of South Florida as a defensive quality control coach working with the secondary. In that time the program went from I-AA independent to Big East power. During his tenure at USF three defensive backs were named to All-Conference teams and two, Anthony Henry and J.R. Reed, were selected in the 4th round of the NFL Draft.
In 2005 Diniak joined the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in an offensive quality control role under current Oakland Raiders head coach Jon Gruden. He joined a staff that included future NFL head coaches Mike Tomlin, Rod Marinelli, Kyle Shanahan, Jay Gruden, and Raheem Morris. The Bucs twice won the NFC South Division and hosted two playoff games in that time.
In 2009 Diniak moved back to the collegiate level as the offensive coordinator (Quarterbacks / Wide Receivers Coach) at Division 2 Assumption College in Worcester, MA. He helped guide the program to its first ever back-to-back winning seasons that included wins over FCS opponents Fordham and Wagner. During his time at Assumption, a pair of Hounds, wide receiver Dave Canney and running back Herb Woodard, were named NE-10 Players of the Year. He also helped develop tight end Scott Simonson (New York Giants) into Assumption’s first ever NFL player.
After the 2012 season, Diniak went back to the University of South Florida. This time as an offensive quality control coach, assisting with the offense/quarterbacks. During the 2012 season quarterback B.J. Daniels became the Big East Conference all-time yardage leader.
In 2013 Diniak left USF to become the offensive coordinator at St. Stephen’s Episcopal School in Bradenton, Florida. That season the Falcons set school records for points scored, yards gained and wins.
Getting back into the college ranks in 2014, Diniak would spend the next four years at Stetson University (FCS) in DeLand, Florida where he would lead the team’s running backs and assist with the special teams. Under his direction, the Hatters set numerous school rushing records, and Cole Mazza finished as the school’s all-time leader in rushing yards and rushing touchdowns.
This past season Diniak spent at Middle Georgia State University in Macon, Georgia, where he oversaw the Knights offense as well as coordinated the special teams.
Matt is married to wife Angela, and they have two children, son Braylon (12) and daughter Liliana (8).
Diniak will be in charge of re-establishing the Twister brand in the "Natural State." Previous versions of the Twisters competed in Little Rock, Arkansas from 2000-2009 winning 52.9% of their games.
More information on the Twisters and additional Western Conference teams will be released in the coming weeks. Please continue to visit nationalgridiron.com and twistersfootball.com for the latest information.