Dominic (Mico) Puiia added immensely to a rich athletic tradition in earning honors of state and national scope before returning to Rumford for an uplifting teaching and coaching career.
Puiia was a three-sport standout at Rumford's Stephens High School prior to achieving baseball, football and basketball stardom and distinction at Colby College.
Puiia crowned his Colby career after returning from wartime service during WWII with the U.S. Marines. While in the Marines, Mico was a member of the Marine All-Star baseball team that included Ted Williams and Ted Lyons of the Chicago White Sox that was played in Hawaii. He was the only New England baseball player selected to the East-West College Baseball All-Star game at Boston's Fenway Park. Puiia contributed two hits during the game including a single off the left field wall.
With the conclusion of WWII, Mico was a teacher/coach at Lawrence High School of Fairfield and also at Livermore Falls before launching a career of 24-years on behalf of Rumford's youth. In all, Puiia coached football, basketball, baseball, track and girls softball, eventually added the position of Athletic Director as well.
Not even retirement could keep Mico from keeping his commitment to the youth of his community. He continued involvement as a volunteer. He ran the summer baseball and swim programs as the unofficial recreation director.
The Rumford Junior-Senior High School Gymnasium was dedicated to Puiia in 1987.
Dominic is deceased, survived by a son, Dino and daughters, Wendy and Heidi.
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The Maine Sports Hall of Fame was established in 1972 for the purpose of: 1) appointing and bestowing recognition awards and scholarships to outstanding Maine high school scholar-athletes; and, 2) to formally honor and memorialize Maine athletes and sports figures who have brought distinction and honor to the state of Maine.