Castleton, VT –At a press conference this afternoon, Castleton State College Associate Dean of Athletics and Recreation, Deanna Tyson, announced the hiring of Rich Alercio as Castleton’s inaugural head football coach. The college received more than 150 applications for the position.
Tyson said, “The five candidates we interviewed on campus were all well qualified to coach at Castleton, but Rich Alercio is the best fit for our athletic program. He is going to be a tremendous role model for our male athletes – on the field, in the classroom, and in the community.”
A 1987 graduate of Ursinus College with a Bachelors of Arts in Economics, Alercio has spent the past 15 seasons at The College of New Jersey. While at TCNJ, Alercio was most recently the Offensive Coordinator and Athletic Development Assistant. His duties included creating the offensive playbook, game planning and play calling, as well as structuring all recruiting programs and generating fund raising for both football and the department of athletics
“The greatest thing about this position is that it is the beginning of Castleton football,” Alercio said. “It’s exciting and exhilarating to start from scratch.
Prior to The College of New Jersey, Alercio served as the offensive line coach from 1991 to 1992 at East Stroudsburg University, where he contributed to a Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Championship and a spot in the NCAA Division II playoffs
Alercio earned a master’s degree from West Chester University, while serving as an assistant coach and director of intramurals from 1989 to 1991.
At Castleton Alercio will be charged with starting the football program from the ground up, with the team’s first game slated for the 2009 season. His official start date will be July 1, 2008, but he will be involved in the hiring of a full-time assistant coach, along with the planning of the new Spartan Stadium, home of Castleton football.
Along with 21 years of coaching experience, Alercio brings his wife and three sons to the Castleton community. “I felt this is a place where my family and the football family can be together,” he said.