Scholar-Athlete, Hall Of Fame…

I am delighted to share that Quinn Murphy has become the 6th Hilltopper in as many seasons to be inducted into the Vermont Chapter of the National Football Foundation Hall of Fame as a scholar-athlete.  This past season, Quinn scored 42 of our team’s 45 touchdowns and accounted for 93% of our total offense on the ground and through the air while excelling in the classroom.  He joins Collin Urie – in 2017, Jasper Rankin – in 2018, Renwick Smith – in 2019 (also named to the National Team of Distinction), Trey Alercio – in 2020, and Sam Begin – in 2022.  (There were no inductees in 2021 due to the COVID pandemic.)  

The Foundation also honored two other Hilltoppers during that timespan.  Shane Alercio was named the Most Courageous Athlete in 2018 after battling a rare vestibular disorder during his senior season while leading us to a state championship.  In 2019, Jake Cady received the Community Service Award for helping raise over $40,000 to help support families battling cancer through his non-profit called Team Sullycat.

We are immensely proud of the successes of our student-athletes on the field, in the community, and in the classroom.  We trust the examples of excellence in those who have been honored will inspire future Hilltoppers to strive for excellence, overcome adversity, and put others’ interests above themselves. 

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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