Football: Hand’s Filippone wins National Coach of Year award

Steve Fillipone, Daniel Hand High School of Madison head football coach, center holding football, after defeating Windsor H.S. for the  Class L State Football Championship at UConn's Rentschler Field in East Hartford,  December 8, 2012.  Photo by Peter Hvizdak / New Haven Register

Steve Fillipone, Daniel Hand High School of Madison head football coach, center holding football, after defeating Windsor H.S. for the Class L State Football Championship at UConn’s Rentschler Field in East Hartford, December 8, 2012. Photo by Peter Hvizdak / New Haven Register

Hand athletic director Craig Semple has confirmed that football coach Steve Filippone was named National High School Athletic Coaches Association national coach of the year Wednesday night at the NHSACA national convention at the Snow King Resort in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

Filippone was one of eight finalists.

Filippone’s selection was based on longevity, service to high school athletics, honors, championship years and winning percentage.

“It means a tremendous amount to be recognized as one of those eight coaches,” Filippone said when he was nominated back in March. “I recognize completely the men I work with every day, the kids I work with every day and the community I work in every day. I’m obviously blessed to be in that kind of situation.”

Filippone just completed his 25th season as head coach and 35th overall with the Tigers’ program. He has a career record of 201-53-4 which includes seven state championships. Filippone also served as the chairman of the Connecticut High School Coaches Association Football Committee for 14 years.

Comments

  1. ciacfollower says

    Joe,
    assuming this is football only, are these 8 finalists throughout the country or is there 8 per state ? Who are the other 7 finalists ?

    • ciacfollower says

      Answering my own question;

      Steven Filippone
      CT Daniel Hand High School

      Scott Hamilton
      IL Unity High School

      Mark E. Brown
      KY John Hardin High School

      Scott King
      MT Malta High School

      Daniel Imdieke
      ND Linton High School

      Jim Miller
      NM Las Cruces High School

      Jeff Meyer
      OK Kingfisher High School

      Kim Nelson
      SD Roosevelt High School

  2. brownie says

    Coach Filippone is what’s good about high school sports. I would run through a wall for him and I’m from the FCIAC. Congrats coach, thanks for always doing things the right way.

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