Coach Rich Alercio has been a lifelong player, teacher and coach of the game of football.
Coach Alercio had a fine athletic career at Ursinus College where he served as team captain and earned the Big Bear Award for team leadership as a starting center on the football team. A graduate of Toms River North High School, Alercio returned to his alma mater in 1988 serving as an assistant football coach. While there he was in charge of the varsity squad’s defensive line while also heading up the sophomore football team.
Alercio graduated from Ursinus in 1987 with a B.A. in economics, and from there he went on to work as an economics teacher, defensive coordinator, and head lacrosse coach at Admiral Farragut Academy. He later served as an assistant football coach and director of intramurals at West Chester University from 1989 to 1991. He served as the assistant coach in charge of the offensive line and the long snappers at East Stroudsburg from 1991 to 1992. Alercio then spent 15 seasons at The College of New Jersey where he held the title of Offensive Coordinator. He became the first coach in school history at Castleton State College.
At St Johnsbury Academy Alercio took over a football program that had endured eight consecutive losing seasons and brought the team to a 10-0 record and a trip to their first Division I state championship appearance. They were Vermont runner up in 2016 as well.
Coach Alercio’s passion for the game stems from a sincere desire to build upon the legacy of coaches who helped build him into a young man of character, courage, and commitment. For more than 20 years, Rich has tried to emulate his mentors, build upon their the legacy, while leading, guiding, and directing the students, faculties, and communities with which he’s been associated.