SPRING VALLEY — When the Hall football players want to know what Red Devil football means, they have no farther to look than the coaching staff.
Five members of the 2013 coaching staff once suited up for the Red Devils, including second-year head coach Randy Tieman (1980). He has surrounded himself by a host of former Red Devils, most of whom he’s coached along the way in youth football and baseball.
Mike Filippini (1990), the sophomore head coach and offensive coordinator, took part in the very first playoff team at Hall as a sophomore in 1987 as well as trips in ‘88 and ‘89. He returned to Hall to serve on staff under former head coach Gary Vicini just in time for the 2001 state championship runs.
It is that connection to home that has made Filippini to turn down other coaching opportunies.
“I have a lot of pride in the fact that I was onthe team that started this tradition of winning and like to think I’m still helping carry on by coaching and teaching here now,” said Filippini, who is also the head boys basketball coach. “I think it’s great to see the town get excited about Hall and not hear all the negative stuff you usually hear.”
Nick Hanck (2000), the sophomore defensive coordinator, played on Hall’s 1998 semifinal team. Also, the head girls track coach, he said football was one of the sports he wanted to coach when he went into education and having his first job offer from his alma mater was a bonus.
“It was an honor to coach with and learn from Coach Vicini and my other coaches that I had in high school. I believe the goal has stayed the same since I played and that is to continue to pass down the Red Devil Football tradition,” Hanck said.
Defensive coordinator Adam Meyer (2001) was a year behind Hanck at Hall and played on the 2000 playoff team.
Ryan Ferrari (2002) works with the Hall defensive backs and receivers, the same positions he played with for the 2001 state champions.
Throw in athletic director Eric Bryant Jr. (1997), running back for ‘95 state champs and ‘96 runners-up, and stat man Justin Boroski (2003) and it’s all about family at Hall. One that takes great pride in Red Devil football.
“We have a lot of the former Hall guys we really want to get the program back to where it was in the ‘90s. They all have stories they have shared with the kids of when they were in the playoffs, and I think the kids enjoy hearing that stuff,” Tieman said.
Having a pedigree from Hall’s great playoff run from the late ‘80s to early 2000s helps Tieman.
“Coach Filipinni was on the very first playoff team, coach Meyer and coach Hanck were on playoff teams and coach Ferrari was on a state championship team. It is great to have these guys that know what it takes to get to the playoffs and win. They put in a lot of time not only at practice but in the offseason with summer camps and weightlifting.
“My whole staff does a great job and we would not be in the position we are in without any one of them,” said Tieman.