BRADENTON, Fla. -- The tense standoff between state-champion football coach Joe Kinnan and Manatee High School seemed to come to an end Thursday morning after it was announced Kinnan had submitted a notice of retirement to the Manatee County School District.
Manatee Superintendent Rick Mills said in a statement Thursday morning, "We thank Coach Kinnan for his 29 years of service to this school district and congratulate him on his Hall-of-Fame coaching career in which he led the Manatee Hurricanes football team to 290 victories, 27 district titles and five state championships. In light of Mr. Kinnan's retirement, I will be dropping the pending administrative complaint against him."
Kinnan won five state championships in his 30 years at Manatee. Though he was on medical leave for the 2014-2015 school year, Kinnan said he was offered a teaching position after he was told he would not be renewed as the school's business manager. However in mid-August, he claimed his teaching position had not been brought before the board and that he was then unemployed.
Kinna gave a heated press conference on August 13th claiming he was set up by the district.