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Former Manatee High football coach Joe Kinnan officially retires

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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.


Read more here: http://www.bradenton.com/2014/08/28/5326655_former-manatee-high-football-coach.html?utm_source=dlvr.it&rh=1#storylink=cpyKinnan gave a headed press conference on August 13th saying he had been set up by the district.