Coach Kinnan advances to regional round of national 'best coach' poll

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BRADENTON - Manatee High head football coach Joe Kinnan has clinched the Florida round of USA Today's "Best High School Football Coach" contest, and now faces off against other coaches from around the Southeast.

In the state round earlier this month, Kinnan collected over 41% of the votes, beating the 2nd place coach by nearly 8,000 votes.

Now voting has begun in the regional round, pitting Kinnan against the best coaches from Tennessee, North Carolina, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, and South Carolina.

Voting ends October 18th.  To vote for Kinnan, CLICK HERE.

Kinnan has coached Manatee to five state championships (1983, 1985, 1989, 1992, 2011) and were state runners up twice (1993, 2009). His biggest battle came in 2000 when he was diagnosed with prostate cancer, forcing him to step down as Manatee's Head Coach. He returned to the sideline after a four year hiatus.