Joe Germaine spent the first day of his new gig as Queen Creek’s football coach Wednesday introducing himself to his players. In the morning it was the freshmen and sophomores. In the afternoon, it was the juniors (seniors-to-be this fall).
“I wanted to meet them and give them a chance to meet me,” Germaine said. “It’s been a long couple of months for them wondering what was going to happen.”
Germaine, 34, was officially approved Tuesday night as Queen Creek’s coach by the Queen Creek Uniified School District’s governing board. The former high school, college and professional quarterback is eager to buckle down and find out what it’s like to run a varsity football program.
Queen Creek athletic director Paul Reynolds is likewise inclined. After hearing from veteran coaches at various levels, Reynolds believes that "Joe was born to be a high school football coach."
Reynolds, who played on the ASU team that lost to Germaine's Ohio State team, recalled the day Germaine dealt the Devils defeat.
"I remember seeing that baby face and big ear pads," Reynolds said. "We all thought he looked scared coming in for that last drive. We know how it ended."
Germaine won't teach at the school, but will be on campus a couple hours each day. Reynolds said the staff assembled to help Germaine is solid. Already on board are former Mountain View defensive coordinator Don Kramer; former Red Mountain and Mountain View assistant Mark Swartz, who has extensive weight room and conditioning experience; and Travis Schureman, a former Mountain View player and offensive line coach.
Germaine didn't grow up wanting to be a coach. That grew on him as time passed at the high school, college and professional levels.
“I haven’t always wanted to be a coach,” Germaine said. “I developed an appreciation for the game while I was playing, and when I got to Basha and helped out there and was over at MCC (Mesa Community College) I found I really liked teaching the game.”
Those experiences and operating his own quarterback academy the last few years firmly planted the coaching seed. Getting a job this quickly, well...
“I wanted to be a head coach but I had no idea it would happen now,” Germaine said.
Queen Creek’s program is far from destitute. Germaine inherits a program that is used to winning seasons and playoff berths the last decade as its risen a couple of classifications with rapid growth. The Bulldogs just haven’t made the big splash in postseason yet.
“There is a lot of support here by the staff, administration and parents,” Germaine said. “I’m excited to get started and see what can be done.”