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East Lake coach won't interview for Manatee job


© St. Petersburg Times, published February 8, 2001

East Lake coach Tom Keeler is one of 11 finalists for the Bradenton Manatee coaching job, Manatee principal Lynda Boyer said Wednesday. But Keeler told the Times he will not interview for the job.

"At first, it appealed to me, but right now, I just don't think it's the job for me," he said.

"There were a lot of factors that went into my decision. The biggest was the pay scale, which basically will start at a beginning teacher's pay."

Armwood's Sean Callahan and Gaither's Howie DeCristofaro also are finalists for the job, which drew more than 40 applicants.

The position became vacant when Joe Kinnan retired as coach, athletic director and physical education teacher in December.

Manatee had a 192-51 record and won four state championships in 20 seasons under Kinnan, who is on the search committee for his successor. He underwent prostate surgery in December.

-- Times staff writer Bob Putnam contributed to this report.

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