There have been photo galleries and news conferences.
There have been meet-and-greets and press releases.
There have been introductory meetings and staff changes.
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Plenty has been made of the new faces taking over two of the most high-profile coaching jobs in Manatee County, if not the entire state of football-crazy Florida.
But this new era of area football will be unofficially ushered in Sept. 26 at John Kiker Memorial Stadium, site of the 33rd edition of the Manatee-Southeast rivalry.
Fans will not find Paul Maechtle on the Seminoles' sideline. They'll find John Warren.
Fans will not find Joe Kinnan on the Hurricanes' sideline. They'll find John Booth.
The last time a Southeast-Manatee game was played without both Maechtle and Kinnan was 1980, when Bob James' Hurricanes defeated Woody Woodward's Seminoles 20-3 during the third game of the series.
That changes next month, and it's a big reason why the 2014 prep football season in Manatee County will be known as the Year of Transition.
Aside from the absence of Maechtle and Kinnan -- though Maechtle will spend the fall as Cardinal Mooney's wide receivers coach -- longtime assistant Mick Koczersut takes over for Shawn Trent at Lakewood Ranch. Trent was the Mustangs' coach since 2005.
It's a new era with new faces, the beginning of the next chapter of local football.
"It's, I'm sure, weird for a lot of people," said Booth, who played football at Manatee before graduating in 2000. "(Maechtle and Kinnan) did a great job in really kind of setting the tone ... for high school football in this area. They're moving on, and we're kind of stepping in that role, and we want to kind of create that same type of competitive spirit and rivalry there was once at Southeast and Manatee. But it's kind of a good time for high school football in this area and an exciting time."
The dominoes began falling when Mike Dowling retired as Cardinal Mooney's head coach following the 2006 season. Dowling pre-dated Maechtle and Kinnan, taking over the Cougars in 1979, and won 189 games.
Then came John Sprague, Riverview's head coach since 1981 who retired following the 2010 season.
Maechtle, the winner of two state titles and 283 games at Southeast, stepped away last fall. And Kinnan, a winner of 290 games and five state championships at Manatee, announced in June he was taking a medical leave of absence.
"It's going to be awkward, but change is inevitable, and I think those guys are going to do a great job," said Palmetto coach Dave Marino, a longtime area assistant who won two state titles with Maechtle at Southeast. "Coaching is always a fraternity, and we've been competing against each other for a lot of years; Mick and I worked together at Lakewood Ranch. It's really gratifying to see all these coaches finally get their chance and it's exciting to see what they make of their opportunity."
Marino took over the Tigers in 2010 and is the county's longest-tenured public-school football coach.
Nothing is immune to change, and that includes tradition-rich football programs piloted for decades by the same man.
"I don't think anybody saw this coming," said Warren, an assistant under Maechtle in 2012 who was hired to replace him in January. "But I look at it as the game of life. In life, you never know what's coming around the corner. If you would have told me when I was hired that I wouldn't be the new coaching kid on the block ... nobody saw that coming."
Warren was in Metropolis, Ill., this time last year, making his head-coaching debut at Massac County High. The team won three games under Warren, an accomplishment of sorts considering the Patriots were winless in 2012.
With a change in jobs comes a change in expectations, however. Southeast went 3-7 last year and isn't the same program it was during its 1980s/1990s heyday. But it's still a team steeped in tradition that's expected to be competitive each fall.
"I've said it before and I'll say it again: It's better to take over a program that knows how to win," Warren said. "But with that, you're expected to win the district because Coach Meck did; you're expected to make deep playoff runs because Coach Meck did, because that's what they're used to.
"There is definite pressure. Was that a concern? No. Ask me in December and I may tell you differently. ... But I like that pressure. It motivates me to be the best coach I can be."
For Booth, he'll spend most of the fall with Manatee's history literally laid out right out in front of him: A sign that reads Joe Kinnan Field is directly across from Manatee's sideline at Hawkins Stadium.
This isn't exactly news to Booth. He grew up in Bradenton and played for Kinnan. He knows how much the Hurricanes mean to their fans.
That's the conundrum: Booth, who spent the last five years at Valrico Bloomingdale, is taking over a team that hasn't lost a regular-season game since 2011. But with all that talent and promise comes a mountain of expectations.
"It's going to be tough, because if we win, this was Joe Kinnan's team and I just kind piggy-backed off of it," Booth said. "And if we lose. ... But I knew that kind of walking into this. It's easy to say I'm just focusing on coaching, and for the most part, that's true. I want us to be as successful as we can be here, and we've got some talented kids where I think we've really got a shot to do something. But that's always going to hang over - shoot, I'm looking at Joe Kinnan Field from our sideline. So that's always going to be there. But what's neat about that is that's the legacy he's left here. And I don't want people to necessarily forget about him, because he's an integral part of why we are where we are."
It's a different look in Manatee County. Over at Bayshore, Elijah Freeman is set to begin his second year. Curt Bradley is ready to begin his third at Braden River, where the Pirates improved to 5-4 in 2013 after a 1-9 finish in 2012.
And Koczersut is ready to get his shot out east in Lakewood Ranch.
It's a new era in Manatee County.
"Change," Booth said, "isn't always a bad thing."
And the collection of faces coaching area football is trying to ensure it won't be.
"We're going to lean on each other and rely on each other and work with each other," Warren said. "We're bitter rivals on the field, but we're all friends in the end. And we all want to put Manatee County football back in the spotlight."