Joe Germaine is expected to be named the new Queen Creek football coach tonight at a meeting of the Queen Creek Unified School District’s governing board.
The Queen Creek search committee has recommended Germaine to the board, which routinely approves such recommendations.
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 has 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, where he was all-conference in football and baseball. He set SCC single-game records for yards, attempts, completions and touchdowns in a game in 1994 that still stand today.
Germaine transferred to Ohio State in 1995 and played three seasons (96-98) for the Buckeyes under coach John Cooper. Germaine shared quarterback duties in 1996 and 1997. He engineered the Buckeyes’ game-winning drive against ASU in the 1997 Rose Bowl, throwing a TD pass with 19 seconds left to beat the Sun Devils, 20-17. Germaine was named the game’s most valuable player. Germaine was the Big Ten’s most valuable player in 1998. He finished his career at Ohio State with 6,370 yards passing and 86 touchdowns.