St. Johnsbury (Vt.) head coach Rich Alercio remembers receiving the same advice years ago that many young coaches still hear today: To move up the ladder, coaches always need to keep an eye on their next step up.
Alercio heard that coaches should seek a new position every two-to-three years. He took the advice, leaving a job where he was comfortable—but finding his new role unfulfilling, even though it came with the allure of slightly more money and great responsibility.
It was a decision that Alercio regrets, and one that he hopes today’s young coaches can learn from.
“If you find a good job, where you like it, you’re learning and growing, stay there,” Alercio said, during an appearance on the USA Football Coach and the Coordinator podcast.
Though Alercio’s career eventually got back on track, he’s quick to encourage young coaches to think twice about leaving a good situation, particularly if it’s an environment that promotes a healthy work-life balance.
“It’s a heck of a lot easier balancing life, family and happiness when you have a good job and you stick with it,” he said.
To listen to Alercio’s full interview on the USA Football Coach and the Coordinator podcast with Keith Grabowski, see below: