Joe Germaine has relinquished the head coaching role of the Queen Creek football program because of an increase in work responsibilities, he said Friday.
Germaine's position with Axon Sports, a sports training company, has grown since the offseason, forcing him to travel out of state frequently. He is unable to attend every practice and has handed the reins over to assistant Travis Schureman.
Germaine led Queen Creek to a 14-0 record and the Division III state championship last year, his third with the team. The Bulldogs have started off 2-0 and are ranked No. 2 in Division III. Germaine was at Friday's win over Highland but Schureman had taken over head coaching duties.
"It's really hard," Germaine said of the switch. "I'm biased, of course, but I really think this is a special place."
Germaine will no longer have a finite role with the program but will help coach the team whenever his work schedule allows. He said his availability will vary.
"Sometimes it's every day, sometimes it's a couple days a week," he said.
Schureman was the offensive line coach last season and has been with Queen Creek throughout Germaine's tenure.
Germaine said the players have been well aware of the change, as it really began during the offseason. The Bulldogs have a bye this week and will return to action on Sept. 13 against Show Low.