Manatee looking for continuity under Shakir


MANATEE – Last season was one of transition for the Manatee Hurricanes football team as their new head coach Yusuf Shakir took over the team late, and the Canes never got traction. Then they had their kickoff classic canceled after 5 minutes of play due to thunderstorms, and their opener against Palmetto was interrupted near the half, and continued the next day. So, consistency under the new head coach was tough to come by.

Now, with a season, and an off–season under his belt, and the team under his auspices, Coach Shakir is seeing his charges finding a rhythm, a groove. He won a state title for Tallahassee Lincoln, and given time, I’m sure he feels he can be successful at Manatee, as well, especially now that everyone is on the same page.

“I think that’s key. When players know what’s expected of them, and coaches”,  explained Yusuf Shakir, going through his first spring as the Canes’ head coach. “Everybody know me a little better, and what my expectations are. I think that is a recipe for success. No matter what you do, you need to know what’s expected of you in order to get better.”

The Canes finished 5-4 last season, and lost to Osceola in the 1st round of the playoffs. Their spring game is Thursday night(May 17th) at Winter Haven.

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