Daniel Hand High School

Tiger Football

After finishing our 47th year of play, the Tigers boast an impressive record of 376—129—7 (74%). With 25 Division titles, 20 trips to the post season, and 12 state titles, the Tigers have enjoyed success in every decade since the program’s inception. The proud history of Hand football began in 1970 when Larry Ciotti was hired to start a high school football program in Madison, CT. Coach Ciotti demanded discipline, toughness, and total commitment from his players. His approach yielded immediate success with an undefeated season in 1973 and back to back state titles in 1976-77. In 1989, Larry Ciotti passed the program on to Steve Filippone. Coach Filippone worked tirelessly to carry on the proud legacy of Hand Football and built upon the rich tradition of success earning his 200th win in 2012 along with his 7th State title. Coach Fil retired after the 2016 campaign and has given the head coaching reigns over to Dave Mastroianni who has carried on the tradition and won the 2017 State Title in his first year!!  TIGER PRIDE!!  GO TIGERS!!


2017 Tigers

The Tigers completed an amazing season winning the Class L State Title over Masuk 35-21.  It was our 12th State title and the first since 2012.  GO TIGERS!!

Tiger Pride Football Association Scholarship

Congratulations to Kyle Stople for winning the $3,000 Scholarship at this year’s banquet and Brian Casagrande and Michael Tarantino winning the $1,000 scholarships!!




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