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Hall of Fame Spotlight

Peter Filosa

Longtime Milford High School coach, trainer, and administrator Peter Filosa is entering the Hall of Fame as a "contributor" - a title he says perfectly befits his years of work with the school's and town's athletic programs.
"To be picked as a contributor really suited what I had done over the years," Filosa said. "The things I did, I did because they needed to be done."
And many of his biggest contributions fit right into his skill set. Filosa began teaching Phys Ed after graduating from the University of Connecticut in 1973 and was at new Milford High School when it opened in 1973. Replete with a pool, Filosa thought it only logical the school have a swimming program and, fortunately for MHS, he had a swimming background. He became the team's first coach and, in the program's inaugural season, guided three swimmers to an appearance in the New England Regional meet.
"What the heck, we have a pool, of course we decided we were going to have a varsity swim team," Filosa said. "That was one of the firs things I got involved with."
It made just as much sense to Filosa to use the pool as part of the town's community use program, so that's the next thing with which he became involved. Four decades later, he's still involved with community use and is still the pool manager, a position he has held since 1986.
Filosa said he "fell into things" over the years. One such happenstance that provided a great benefit to MHS athletes was when he became the school's athletic trainer in 1977. He had EMT training, and worked with a community ambulance to make sure the proper emergency response services were available during football games. 
Filosa spent nine years as the school's trainer, eventually developing the seasonal position into a full-time gig. He worked with championship football and wrestling teams, and worked to improve the training facilities and make sure they were available to both male and female athletes. As the president of the Milford Teacher's Association, Filosa helped make Milford High School's coaches' salaries among the most competitive in the area.
"That's the way you make sure you always make sure you have the best coaches," he said.
After reading the letter informing him of his impending induction, Filosa said he went to the wall at Milford High adorned with the Hall of Fame plaques to do a little research and found he is only the third contributor enshrined, joining longtime coach Steve Matos and famed local sports scribe Stanley Jones.
"That's some great company," Filosa said. "I've had a great run, but honestly this was something I really, really never expected."
During his acceptance speech, Filosa made sure to thank the selection committee as well as his wife, Mary Ellen, for her contributions at home over the years.
"To do those jobs, I wasn't home very often, my nights were long and we were swimming or playing football on the weekends," he said. "She handled the home life very well."




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