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Bradenton, Florida -- The longtime coach for Manatee High Football is angry.

For 29 years, Coach Joe Kinnan could be found on the sidelines on a Friday night taking the team to 6 state championships. The field is even named after him but the Joe Kinnan era has come to an end. He claims it's something that's not by choice.

He spoke for the first time since his resignation on Wednesday, and he claims the school board is running a smear campaign with Manatee High as the target.

This past year former Assistant Football Coach Rod Frazier plead no contest to four misdemeanor charges of battery and two counts of interfering with a student's attendance.

Last fall, Manatee High baseball coach Dwayne Strong resigned after being investigated for improper use of funds.

"I have dedicated 29 years to Manatee High as teacher, head football coach, business teacher and athletic director. I'm proud of my tenure at MHS and wanted to continue as head football coach," says Kinnan.

He says the reason he is not able to return to coaching is simple: politics.

"I can't begin to believe that some people in our community would look at our success with resentment and anger," says Kinnan.

He says that school board members and new school superintendent Rick Mills are running a dirty game, trying to bring down a school that's had a reputation of excellence for years.

"So much time, effort, and resources are being wasted on personal and political agenda instead of education and student achievement. This is a sad reality and community should be concerned about it," says Kinnan.

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Kinnan goes further, saying he's been investigated unfairly and claims the truth is in this 31 page detailed report showing the accusations made against him are false.

"The district's pursuit of their erroneous complaints has affected my health, my livelihood, and my life," says Kinnan.

And he says that led him to take a year off for medical issues.

"They responded by hiring a coach to permanently replace me," says Kinnan.

But not everybody agrees with Kinnan's findings.

"I think its' gone into being a rouse and its a shame and its disruptive," says Dr. Richard Conard, Manatee resident.

But Former School board member Harry Kinnan stands behind his brother in law,

"I hope they start to focus on children. What you heard today was alarming," says Kinnan.

We did reach out to the superintendent, Rick Mills, today and he released this statement saying:

"I want to congratulate Coach Joe Kinnan on his Hall of Fame career at Manatee High School and I thank him for the positive impact he has had on thousands of young people in our community. His coaching record of 290 victories, 27 district titles and five state championships over the course of nearly three decades is an example of sustained excellence on the football field. However, we cannot comment on any pending administrative complaints."

So when the football season starts here next Friday night, the man whose name is on the field won't be here. Joe Kinnan says this is not the way he ever thought it would've ended.

Watch the entire press conference here:

Joe Kinnan discusses his career at Manatee high School and the allegations made against him by the Manatee County School District.

Joe Kinnan discusses his career at Manatee high School and the allegations made against him by the Manatee County School District.

Joe Kinnan discusses his career at Manatee high School and the allegations made against him by the Manatee County School District.

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