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Filosa Stepping Down After 46 Years at MHS Pool
Longtime Milford High pool manager Peter Filosa has been talking about retiring for some time, but now that he decided to step aside, he is happy to hand the reins over to one of the thousands of people he taught during his four-plus decade tenure.
"I love the pool business, I love the kids, I love teaching swim lessons," Filosa said. "But I have been there since 1974. I came with the building; I can't say long enough to leave with the building." Being at the pool two or three days per week has been the routine for the retired teacher. His last year will be spent training his replacement, Mark Coppolla. Filosa trained the 2007 MHS graduate as a lifeguard and, after graduating from Florida Gulf Coast University and spending time as the aquatics director in Arlington, Coppolla has returned to his hometown. "I have a background in aquatics and I have been trying to find my avenue toward getting back into working with the community since moving back to Milford," Coppolla said. "This seemed like a perfect fit for me.
I swam at Milford High and there are a lot of people in Milford
who helped me out along the way, so this is a small way to pay it forward." Filosa said he work on a part-time basis, perhaps teaching swim lessons or lifeguard training, but is happy to no longer have
to worry about a regular schedule. He will be staying involved with the town pool, where he has been since 1996, as it goes through a transition period during what could be its final years of operation. Filosa said he was happy Coppolla applied for the MHS job, though the Community Use program, recalling working with him when Coppolla was a MHS student. "Once I found out he applied, I said 'this is the perfect time to leave,'" Filosa said. "Because I know he can handle the job." For his part, Coppolla said he would like to make sure Milford residents are getting the most out of their pool. "It's going to be a little bit of a learning curve to see how things run," he said. "From there, we can make adjustments, but I am not going to change up too much. I just want to try to maximize the community's use of the pool, work on our swimming lesson program, and make sure we are offering a good product to the community." Looking forward, Filosa said he appreciated the energy Coppolla is bringing to the position, as he contemplated his long and successful tenure.
"It's been a great run," he said. "I love the job. I have worked with so many good people."




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