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Spartan coach resigns under cloud

CASTLETON - Castleton State College President Dave Wolk has accepted the resignation of head football coach Rich Alercio and has promoted assistant coach Marc Klatt to the position.

The announcement March 1 followed an internal investigation of an incident in which Alercio was alleged to have violated NCAA rules by arranging a contact which led to a significant extra benefit for one athlete. The special benefit was a series of three student loans that were cosigned, or endorsed, by a part-time college employee, totaling approximately $22,000 over a two year period.

Wolk said, "The college submitted a thorough report to the NCAA and now awaits the association's findings. We have concluded that this is an isolated incident."

Wolk said that he was saddened by the situation.

"Rich Alercio has otherwise been a stellar coach and mentor to our players. They have been good students, good citizens, and good athletes thanks to the guidance of the coaching staff, led by Coach Alercio."

"I remain respectful of Coach Alercio and what he has otherwise accomplished thus far for our team and the college. I will speak positively about his future prospects with potential employers."

After over 20 seasons as a collegiate coach, Alercio became Castleton head coach in the summer of 2008. In the inaugural season of 2009, the team achieved a 3-6 record; in 2010 the team was 5-4 overall and 5-2 in the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference.

Klatt, assistant coach and defensive coordinator, came to Castleton in the summer of 2008 after 12 years coaching at the high school and college levels.

Wolk said, "We are fortunate to have an able and respected successor on our staff. Coach Klatt has an impressive record of coaching, teaching, recruiting and mentoring that makes him the best person for the job. He will provide a smooth transition and lead the team's forward progress in all the areas that matter to student athletes and the college."

Klatt takes over the head coaching duties immediately.

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