Now in his 6th year as the Head Football Coach and Assistant Athletic Director, Rich Alercio has taken the Hilltoppers to three state championship appearances in the past four years. A streak highlighted by an undefeated 2018 State Championship season. Prior to coming to St Johnsbury, Alercio was named the first Head Football Coach in the history of Castleton State College. In only their second year, the Spartans had a winning record and finished second in their conference. During that second season at Castleton Alercio’s offense ranked in the top 10 nationally in five statistical categories.
Alercio began his career at West Chester University as a Graduate Assistant Coach. In his first year, they won the conference championship and went to the national playoffs. Two years later he moved to East Stroudsburg University as an assistant coach helping them win their conference championship and appear in the national playoffs. Most of his career was spent at The College of New Jersey (formerly Trenton State College) where he served as the offensive coordinator and offensive line coach. During his 15 years there, the Lions set nineteen individual and team records in rushing, passing and scoring, made six post-season appearances, won five conference championships and finished three seasons ranked in the nation’s top 10. In July 2008, Alercio was featured in “American Football Monthly” and described as “a guru of offensive line play in the northeast part of the country.
Alercio and his family live in Vermont where the support of student-athletes, faculty, families, and the local community combine to foster success and make all feel at home.