Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl

I am honored to share that I have been named the head coach of the Vermont team in the 67th Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl Game.  2020-01-09 Shrinegame-Logo green borderThe annual Vermont vs New Hampshire All-Star Football Game will be played on August 1, 2020. I’m humbled by the selection and will work diligently to be worthy of the committee’s trust and confidence.

Our goal, as a staff, will be to provide a fun experience allowing coaches and players to create memories and forge relationships lasting far longer than our short time together.  The week will also allow us to raise awareness for Shriners Hospitals for Children, and the care they give to children with orthopedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries, and cleft lip and palate, regardless of the family’s ability to pay.

The Vermont team will be selected this weekend by a selection committee comprised of myself and coaches representing each of our state’s three divisions.  The 38-man roster will consist of twenty Division 1, twelve Division 2 and six Division 3 players.  The evaluation process has allowed me to lean on the more than 20 years of experience analyzing player video as a college coach during the recruiting season.  While size, speed, strength and skill set are important, we will also look for players who compete with great energy, effort, and enthusiasm.  Whittling the 78 players nominated down to 38 will not be an easy process, but I look forward to meeting with my colleagues and working collaboratively to build Vermont’s 2020 Shrine Football Team.

More to follow this summer as we bring these “all-stars” together and forge a team on a compressed schedule while preparing to compete and win against what have been traditionally talented opponents from New Hampshire.

Coach Rich Alercio is available to discuss coaching philosophy, X’s & O’s, or teach his O-Line “techniques in the trenches.” Contact Coach at and share with your colleagues and friends. Thanks for supporting this blog and joining our conversations, and as always, thanks for your time!

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