National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame Award

It is with great pride as a coach and father that 2020-05-07 National Football Association AwardI announce my son, and Hilltopper student-athlete, Trey Alercio, has been elected into the Vermont Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame for his outstanding contributions both in the classroom and on the playing field during his career at St Johnsbury Academy.

Each year, the National Football Foundation selects six Vermont high school scholar-athletes to be honored along with the “Most Courageous Athlete,” and the “Community Service Award” winner.  In the past four years, six Hilltoppers have been honored.  Trey joins Collin Urie (2016), Jasper Rankin (2017), and Renwick Smith (2018) as scholar-athletes inducted.  He also joins his brother Shane, “Most Courageous Athlete Award” recipient (2017) and Jake Cady, “Community Service Award” recipient (2018).

I’ve mentioned before a coaches’ impact reaches far beyond a few years and sports seasons in high school. Our goal is to take “me oriented” individuals and help build “we oriented” teammates. If things go well, we win a few games together along the way, and if we are lucky, perhaps a championship. The most significant reward a coach can hope for is to return a quality citizen to his family, and ultimately broader society. Our players continue to be winners on the field, in the classroom, and in the community.

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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