Fujitani memorial unveiled before season opener

Legendary coach Tom Fujitani was remembered before the start of the Wilton High football team's season opener on Friday night, as a plaque honoring the late coach was unveiled in a ceremony at the field that bears his name.

A stone with commemorative plaque on it was placed within the Circle of Honor at the south end of the field. Fujitani, who passed away April 2, served as head coach of the Warriors for 32 years, from 1969 to 2000, and compiled an overall record of 163-147-10.

He guided Wilton to two state championships and to its only FCIAC title in 1988.

The Warriors then went out and defeated Fairfield Warde in overtime, 21-14, to open the season 1-0.

The newly installed plaque reads:
Dedicated on November 9, 2001, in honor of long time
teacher and football coach, Thomas “Fuj” Fujitani.
Coach Fuj taught physical education at Wilton High
School for 35 years and was the head varsity football
coach for 32 years. Coach Fujitani’s record was 163-147-10.
His teams won two state championships and
one FCIAC title. Beyond his record, Coach Fujitani
will be remembered for his impact on Wilton football
and the players and students whose lives he touched.
Coach Fujitani is forever a Warrior and always in our hearts.”