John Booth has been named the next head football coach at Manatee High, according to athletic director Jason Montgomery.
Booth, a 2000 Manatee graduate who played in NFL Europe and the Arena Football League, has compiled a 16-34 record in five seasons at Valrico Bloomingdale, but went 6-4 last fall after going 0-10 during his first year.
Booth was chosen over Hurricanes assistant coaches Chad Choate, Chris Conboy, Jim Phelan and Chuck Sandberg; and Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas co-offensive coordinator Jason Milgrom. Bart Sessions, a longtime Alabama prep coach, also was interviewed.
Joe Kinnan, who coached Manatee to five state titles and 290 wins, announced less than two weeks ago he was taking a medical leave of absence for the 2014 season. But he also told Montgomery “you do what you have to do,” and didn’t know if he would return.
Booth earned All-America honors playing quarterback at MidAmerica Nazarene, a NAIA in Kansas, before making the switch to wide receiver. He signed as a free agent with the Kansas City Chiefs and helped the Amsterdam Admirals win NFL Europe’s World Bowl XIII in 2005 by totaling 103 receiving yards.
Booth also played in the Arena Football League.