In 2007 Coach Rappleyea graduated with a Computer Science degree specializing in Information Systems and a minor in Business Administration from The College At Brockport. He has been with the Fairport Central School District since February of 2008 when he was hired by the Instructional Support Center (ISC) as a Computer Hardware Installer. Today Coach Rappleyea works as a Senior Network Technician and supports much of the technological infrastructure in the district.
The summer of 2009 Coach Rappleyea began working with the JV/Varsity Girls Cross Country program and quickly followed that up with both Winter and Spring Track and Field. Since then he has coached at least one season a year at Fairport. After the 2012 spring season, and 3 years – 9 consecutive seasons of coaching, Coach Rappleyea took a brief hiatus from Fairport.
During this time Coach Rappleyea to advantage of an opportunity to get some experience coaching at the collegiate level at The College At Brockport where he had competed. He also focused on marathon training and wanted to see if the Olympic Trails were at all possible. While he was not near the marathon qualifying standard, he was able to become the 2012 USATF Niagara Half Marathon Champion and run a lifetime best 2:29:19 at the Richmond Marathon two weeks later.
Coach Rappleyea was not always a standout athlete. He started our as a high school sophomore running 24 minute 5ks in cross country. By the time he was a senior Coach Rappleyea had modest personal records of 2:08 for 800m, 4:46 for 1600m, 10:40ish for 3200m and 17:15 for 5k. Post collegiately he went on to be a member of the sub-elite sponsored Saucony Hurricane Team (2011-2013) and competed at numerous national competitions for local running clubs such as GVH, Roadkill Racing and is currently a member of the Bergen Elite. Coach Rappleyea strives to use his experiences to show that no matter where you start anything is possible through hard work and dedication.