BRADENTON, Fla. - Former Manatee High School football coach and Athletic Director Joe Kinnan fired back at the Manatee County School District Wednesday, saying the district "purposely timed" an investigation about the school's baseball coach with his already-planned resignation from his Athletic Director position.
"The new superintendent and others launched a full scale attack on my position and reputation," Kinnan said in front of Bradenton City Hall, where he called the news conference.
So many people were shouting questions at Kinnan during today's City Hall meeting that a police officer had to step in and calm things down. All this as Kinnan told a crowd of reporters, supporters and critics that he's done nothing wrong.
Kinnan, who is a three-time cancer survivor and Manatee High School graduate, had been with the district for 29 years as a teacher, business manager, head football coach and Athletic Director.
Kinnan said that as part of a new policy that didn't allow Athletic Directors to also coach, he had already planned to step down last fall from his position effective January 2014. After he submitted his resignation, Kinnan said he received a hand delivered package to his home about an administrative complaint against him related to an investigation of the head baseball coach for financial improprieties.