Joe Goerge, who grew up in Staten Island, has coached football in quite a few places in a 30-year career. Now he returns to the area as head coach at South Brunswick High School – just across Route 27 from Franklin where he led the Warriors to two sectional titles and another final in the 1990s.
Goerge will try to do the same with the Vikings, who improved significantly under another former Skyland Conference coach – Rick Mantz, who stepped down earlier this year.
Goerge was hired Monday night to replace old buddy Mantz, who had quite a few battles with Goerge’s Franklin clubs, especially in the late 1990s.
The 58-year-old Goerge will also once again get to match up against Franklin’s longtime holiday rival Piscataway, which resides with South Brunswick in the Greater Middlesex Conference Red Division.
A native of Staten Island and graduate of Wagner, Goerge had stops at Monsignor Farrell (6 years) and Port Richmond (10 years) both on S.I. before coming to Franklin where he was from 1992-2004.
Goerge led the Warriors to three straight Central III finals, winning titles in 1994 and 1996 and losing to Neptune in the 1995. He also guided Dayton to a combined 17-4 record in 2009 and ’10. The Bulldogs recorded their first playoff victory since 1981 in 2010. Dayton was 28-33 overall in Goerge’s six years. Dayton restored its football program in 2005 after a five-year hiatus and fielded a junior varsity team that Goerge coached in ’05.