RUTLAND—Based on an increase in numbers, Mount Saint Joseph Academy has decided to reinstate varsity football, as the two-year cooperative agreement with Poultney has now expired. The Vermont Principals’ Association has officially granted MSJ release from the cooperative. MSJ now awaits a Division III football schedule from the Vermont Interscholastic Football League.
Coach Tucker Peterson has been chosen to lead the Mountie football program. A graduate of Mill River, Peterson enjoyed an impressive collegiate career at UNH from 2002 until 2007. Peterson was elected team captain in 2006 and received the following honors in 2006: 3rd Team Sports Network All-American, 1st Team All-Atlantic 10 Conference Player, 1st Team All-New England, and winner of Coach’s Choice Spirit Award.
He also was recognized as 1st Team UNH Offensive Guard in 2004, 2005 and 2006, and 3rd Team All-Atlantic 10 Conference Player in 2005.
Peterson’s coaching experiences include serving as the offensive line coach at Marist High School from 2008-2010 and head coach at Mill River High School from 2010-2014. Most recently, Peterson was the offensive line coach at Castleton University from 2015-2016.
Joining Peterson on the MSJ Football staff are his father, Art Peterson, who is credited with inaugurating the football program at Mill River; Dan Charron, a graduate of MSJ (‘85) who played his college ball at UMass; Phil Hall, assistant principal at MSJ and former head football coach; and Ethan Zorzi, who will enter his fourth year as a member of the Mountie football staff.
Mountie football staff