(WTNH)–He’s been a fixture on the high school football sidelines for years. Daniel Hand of Madison head coach Steve Filipone built the Tigers into a state championship program.
He also helped grow the game beyond his own school. Now, Filipone has decided this will be his final year as head coach, as he will retire at the end of the season.
222 wins and counting, seven state titles, and countless lives impacted.
Filipone has been thinking about retirment for a couple of years. He says the time is right now.
“I think it’s a natural thing, you kind of know when it’s time to move it along to somebody else,” Filipone said. “I just really feel like there’s time for a change in the program, and we have some great young men who are ready to do the job. It’s time for them to have their shot.”
The Tigers have this week off. They’ll return to action next Friday at Xavier High in Middletown.