Joe Germaine was approved as the Queen Creek football coach on Tuesday at a meeting of the Queen Creek Unified School District’s governing board.
Germaine, 34, has several ties to the Valley. He quarterbacked Mountain View to a 5A state football title in 1993; played one year at Scottsdale Community College; led Ohio State to a Rose Bowl win over Arizona State; earned a Super Bowl ring as a backup quarterback to Kurt Warner with the St. Louis Rams; and also played for the Arizona Rattlers.
He succeeds Curt LeBlanc, who was fired in November after nine seasons leading the Bulldogs. It will be Germaine’s first head coaching assignment. He has worked as a varsity assistant three seasons at Basha High (2005-2007) where he served as quarterbacks coach and passing coordinator.
Germaine recently wrapped up a pro career that saw him play briefly in the NFL (1999 through 2004) and Arena Football League.
Germaine played with St. Louis in 1999 and 2000, played for Kansas City in 2001 and had brief stays in Cincinnati and San Diego. In 2005, he began a career in the Arena Football League with the Arizona Rattlers and went on to the Utah Blaze (2006-2008).
Germaine played three sports at Mountain View, which was 5A runner-up to Mesa High in football in 1992 and then won the state football title in '93 over Phoenix South Mountain.
Germaine then went on to Scottsdale Community College, and transferred to Ohio state in 1995 and played three seasons (96-98) for the Buckeyes. He engineered the Buckeyes’ game-winning drive against ASU in the 1997 Rose Bowl.