Former SHS history teacher and track/cross country
coach Wayne Fillback dedicated his adult life to helping kids. Thousands
of Spartans turned out to be the lucky beneficiaries over the course of
Fillback’s 32-year career.
Fillback coached both boys’ and girls’ indoor and
outdoor track as well as boys’ and girls’ cross-country at Stoneham High
School, and enjoyed some marvelously successful seasons while coaching
the Spartans. Fillback was the Boston Globe Cross-Country Coach of the
Year in 1987 after the girls posted an undefeated season and compiled a
26-1 record in the Middlesex League from 1986-88. The Spartans captured
the Middlesex League title in all three of the aforementioned seasons.
Runners like Danielle Fuligni and SHS Hall of Famer
Kristin Seabury headed a talented corps of harriers during Fillback’s
tenure as a cross-country and track coach, and were an instrumental part
of multiple Class C titles won under Fillback’s tenure as well as an
EMass Div. II Cross Country State Title in 1987. Fillback was again the
coach of Middlesex League champs when his boys’ teams captured league
titles in both 1993 and 1997. Talented distance runners like Anthony
Ragucci, Brian Labriola, Ronnie Montgomery, Adam Walker and Keith Rogers
led those squads to prominence.
In the classroom, Fillback was a dedicated history
teacher who was in charge of the AP history program and routinely taught
the best and the brightest to ever walk the corridors of Stoneham High.
The SHS track legend left such a lasting impression
at Stoneham High that the outdoor track was renamed the “Wayne
Fillback-Alain Rocher Track & Field Facility” in May, 2007. An avid long
distance runner in his spare time, Fillback has completed the Boston
Marathon a staggering seven times.
Fillback is retired from teaching and coaching at
Stoneham High and still makes his residence in Andover, continues to run
competitively in local road races while racking up sub-eight minute
miles and dedicates his time as an MSTCA track official during the
indoor and outdoor high school track seasons.