May 24, 2011
IOWA CITY, Iowa - - University of Iowa Football Video Coordinator Matt Engelbert has been named the Collegiate Sports Video Association's 2011 Bob Matey National Video Coordinator of the Year.
Engelbert was voted on by his peers for this prestigious award at the 17th annual CSVA banquet. He is believed to be the first video coordinator from a Big Ten institution to earn the national award. The Boby Matey Award is presented to the individual who possesses the qualities and attributes that exhumes the characteristics that are portrayed from the late Bob Matey, video coordinator from Texas A&M.
Matey was a pioneer in the coaches' video field and was instrumental in the development and operation of Texas A&M's video laboratory from 1987 until his death in 1997. Matey oversaw the technical transition from film acquisition to videotape acquisition of football practices and games as Texas A&M was one of the first colleges in the country to convert to the BetaCam format in 1987. The use of videotape revolutionized the play-by-play breakdown of games and practices and became an industry standard for football players and coaches in game preparation and evaluation.
Last month, Engelbert was recognized as the Big Ten Coordinator of the Year. As one of the longest-tenured video coordinators in the Big Ten Conference, Engelbert was recognized by his conference peers for the third time. He earned the same honor in both 1998 and 2008. In 1998, he earned first place in the AVID Best Video contest. He has been a member of the Iowa staff for 22 years.
Engelbert's contributions to Hawkeye football success were acknowledged when he received the Bump Elliott Staff Appreciation Award in 1997. He also was the creator of the successful Iowa Football Fan Fest. Among his personal achievements, Engelbert was the keynote commencement speaker at North Mahaska High School in 2001, from which he graduated in 1988.
Engelbert, a native of New Sharon, Iowa, earned a bachelor's degree in sports management from the University of Iowa.
Engelbert and his staff of five are responsible for shooting all games and practices. Immediately following each game, video is digitized and sorted according to offense, defense and special teams. Tapes then are produced showing each play from every angle the video staff shoots - - three angles for most games. Video is merged with key data, such as down and distance, to provide coaches with a complete analysis of every play.
The video staff produces highlight videos shown at recruiting events and I-Club gatherings throughout the year. The videos also are shown in Kinnick Stadium during the season.
Engelbert oversaw the department's conversion to a tapeless environment in 1996. The Hawkeyes were also the first team in the country to switch to Beta SX in 1999, the best video format available, as well as Smart Acquisition Technology (SAT) hard drive capture in 2004.