Manatee hires former QB to be new head coach

by Jeff Fisher

Manatee HurricanesThe Manatee Hurricanes have gone outside the current staff, but not outside the program, to find a replacement for the legendary Joe Kinnan, who has taken a medical leave of absense for the 2014-15 school year.

The Bradenton Herald reports that Manatee alum and former quarterback John Booth, who has spent the last five seasons at Bloomingdale, reportedly beat out six candidates, including four assistants for the job. Booth, who was Kinnan’s quarterback for four years before graduating in 2000, was 16-34 in five years at Bloomingdale.

Kinnan won 290 games and five state titles with the Hurricanes. His lifetime record is 290-71.

While Kinnan’s leave is only for this year, the hiring of the much young Booth may indicate that Kinnan’s leave could turn into a retirement.

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Jeff Fisher
Jeff is an award-winning journalist and expert in the field of high school sports, underscored with his appearance on CNBC in 2010 to talk about the big business of high school football in America. Jeff turned to his passion for high school football into an entrepreneurial venture called High School Football America, a digital media company focused on producing original high school sports content for radio, television and the internet. Jeff is co-founder and editor-in-chief of High School Football America, which is a media partner with USA TODAY High School Sports.