A Team of Coaches

The Vermont Football Coaches Association will gather tomorrow (10 March) for our Spring meeting followed by our annual coaches clinic.  We will gather at Rutland High School with an agenda including honoring our divisional Coaches of the Year, voting for our state Coach of the Year, discussing rules changes, reviewing our new league and divisional alignment, approving our budget, getting updates on our state all-star game, and discussing state championship day sites.  

This is the inception year for the Vermont Football Coaches Association and thus my first year in the role of President, I look forward to gathering, not as adversaries as we do in the Fall, but as colleagues working together for the benefit and development of football in the Green Mountain State.  Just as we coaches bring players from diverse backgrounds together to build a team and strive for collective success, we need to gather as coaches, come together, and work on improving the game, our programs, and communities.  Doing so is something we all share in common, and with a common vision we look forward to “moving the ball.”.

After our meeting, we will begin the clinic portion of the event with coaches from Husson, Bowdoin, Norwich, Plymouth State, Middlebury, University of New England, Castleton, Bellows Falls HS, and Queensbury HS.  With 3 presentations every hour, we will ensure one of our coaches is in attendance at each presentation so the information they gather can be shared with the rest of our staff.  I am particularly looking forward to seeing my former player, Paytton Hobbs from Husson University, and my son Shane’s former Coach from UNE, Kenny Treschitta.

Lastly, I look forward to our staff joining coaches from all over the state for a coaches’ social at Applebee’s.  With our busy schedules, it is challenging to get our SJA coaching staff together socially.  Further, given the distance between our schools here in the Northeast Kingdom, it is even more challenging to gather with fellow coaches from other schools. I find the camaraderie we felt with teammates when we were young can often be replicated through gatherings like this. Working together, learning together, and socializing together so that we can better the game of football in our towns and throughout the state. 

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 richalercio@gmail.com and share http://www.olineskills.com 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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