South Brunswick Board of Ed expected to approve Joe Goerge as Vikings next head coach

Joe Goerge celebrates with his players after South Brunswick’s sectional championship (Photo: Mike Pavlichko)

It appears, everything old is new again in South Brunswick. Just don’t call Joe Goerge old, okay?

It’s just that he’s already had a run – and a quite successful one – with the Vikings, including a 63-17 record over seven seasons, four trips to the sectional finals, and three crowns: in 2012, 2015 and 2017.

And yet, Thursday night, the Board of Education is expected to vote on his hiring. And if it ends up producing half the success it did the first time around, it’ll be a great hire.

Four years ago, Goerge left South Brunswick, saying he still had “a little bit left,” and knew he would coach again. Just where was the question.

He’d been coaching with his sons for a decade-and-a-half, and it was starting to be a long trek for them down to Monmouth Junction from their jobs up in Union County, where Michael taught in Springfield and Justin in worked in Elizabeth.

Ultimately, Goerge ended up coaching back in Staten Island, where he started his career before coming to New Jersey. He went 5-9 in two seasons at St. Joseph By the Sea.

Now, he’s poised to return to Middlesex County.

Goerge has a career coaching mark of 226-146-4, and has won five state titles overall, including 1994 and 1996 at Franklin, after a ten-year run at Port Richmond on Staten Island. After Franklin, he coached a from 2006 to 2011 at Dayton, before leaving for South Brunswick.

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