Steve Filippone joins the Wesleyan coaching staff in 2018 after a 37-year career as a high school football coach and teacher in Connecticut. During his 27 years as head coach at Daniel Hand High School in Madison, his teams recorded 13 league championships and seven CIAC State Titles. In 1997, 2005, and 2013, his teams were honored with the Kelly Award signifying them as the states No. 1 football team. During his career, he recorded 224 victories to place him 10th on Connecticut’s all-time list.
Filippone was selected as Coach of the Year eight times by five different organizations. In 2011 he was inducted into the Connecticut High School Coaches Association's Hall of Fame and in 2014 he was chosen by the National High School Athletic Coaches Association as their National Coach of the Year for football.
In addition to his coaching responsibilities, Filippone served as the Chairman of the CHSCA football committee for 14 years and as a member of the organization's executive board until 2017. In 2011 he was named the organization's president. Filippone has also been the Chairman of the Connecticut Governor’s Cup All-Star Football Game since its inception.
He has placed dozens of football players in NESCAC and Ivy League programs during his tenure and has had a National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete selection in each of his 27 seasons.
Coach Filippone lives in Branford with his wife of 37 years, Paula, who was a member of the Wesleyans class of '78. He has two sons, Tommy (32) and Kevin (30).