Manatee's Joe Kinnan was voted Florida's best high school football coach in USA Today's Best High School Coach contest.
The venerable football coach earned 28,490 votes. Lakeland's Bill Castle took second with 20,807.
"It's a tribute to our school, our program, our assistant coaches and our players," Kinnan said.
Kinnan is qualified for the regional round, and voting began at noon Wednesday.
Winners of the regional round then move on to the national round.
The athletic department of the coach crowned tops in the nation will receive $2,000.
Manatee plays Palmetto on Friday.