Meet the man behind “The Miracle in Manhattan” documentary


MANHATTAN (KSNT) – It all started when the one-minute trailer played on the video board at the K-State Spring Game, then suddenly fans got even more excited about K-State football.

The trailer was for a documentary called “The Miracle in Manhattan,” briefly explaining the state of K-State football before 1989, and what it became after head coach Bill Snyder took over.

It’s a story that many K-State fans have been waiting to be documented in a film, and one K-State graduate is making their hopes come true.

“It’s probably the biggest turnaround in college football history,” said Andre Coleman, the wide receivers coach for K-State football. “I think people need to know how it happened.”

So who’s behind this? Who’s the man responsible for the trailer and the film?

His name is Dan Youngman, a field producer on IRT from Topeka, Kansas.

Youngman graduated K-State in 2007 with a finance degree, but he got into the production business once he moved to Los Angeles.

Youngman has worked on shows such as Ice Road Truckers among other productions with his latest project called “Somebody’s Gotta Do It” with Mike Rowe, who happens to be the narrator for the film.

During a Christmas break was when Youngman stumbled to this idea after coming across old archives of K-State football

“There’s kind of a gut feeling there,” Youngman explained. “You see the stuff on the big screens at the games and I go ‘Huh, I wonder what that is. I started diving into the books and reading it and I was like ‘This is a thing, there’s something here.”

So for the past two years, in a discreet manner, Youngman has traveled coast to coast around the United States, hounding for old game footage while capturing interviews with old K-State players and coaches.

He’s made brief returns to Manhattan as well to interview current coaches that was with Bill Snyder during the transition.

He was in town for K-State’s spring game, but could not see the game as he was conducting interviews at the time.

Then in the first half of the scrimmage, his teaser trailer played on the video boards on the north and south side of the stadium and a silence hushed the crowd as they tuned in.

As soon as the trailer ended, many fans looked at each other in disbelief as well as excitement, as the trailer captivated something that they have been wanting for a while, a documentary about the greatest turnaround in college football history.

The trailer was then released on Facebook shortly after the game, and in the course of 24 hours, the video saw thousands of likes and shares, and was viewed nearly 100,000 times.

“My expectations were certain that there would be excitement,” Youngman said. “I was a little bit surprised by that reaction to be honest. That was bit, that was a lot of people.”

The numbers put a fire under Youngman to execute the project to the best of his ability, something that he’s been working for 22 months at this point.

He’s now in the final stages of editing, but he was in Manhattan briefly to interview the rest of the coaches, and best believe it, they’re excited about this as well.

“I’m really thankful for the passion that’s been put into it to make it all happen,” said Dana Dimel, Co-offensive coordinator for K-State football. “It’s going to be fun.”

“I’m looking forward to seeing it,” Coleman said. “To be a part of something like that is special.”

Youngman says that the documentary will be finished by the end of the year, however the release date is still yet to be determined.

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