Puca named sports editor of the Tribune
By Karen Hall
Anthony S. Puca, who has been writing about sports for the Tribune since 2006, has now been named sports editor.
He retired from General Motors in June 2006, and shortly thereafter saw an ad in the Tribune for a reporter.
"Let me just go see what they want," said Puca, who was already growing bored with retirement.
His first job for the paper was to report on a Cornersville Middle School football game. Puca wore his Notre Dame jersey and Coach Eric Crabtree fooled his players into thinking Puca was a Notre Dame recruiter.
Puca wasn't entirely inexperienced in writing -- he studied journalism and American literature at two community colleges near his hometown of Hamilton Square, N.J. Puca was working at General Motors in Trenton, N.J. in 1993 when they announced the plant was closing, so he got a job at Saturn and moved his family to Chapel Hill.
"I always wanted to work in healthcare," said Puca, who has worked since he was 15 years old and completed a bachelor's degree in health administration with the University of Phoenix in 2006. He never got to make use of that degree!
Sports in Marshall County is 365/24/7, he said. "Only a person who loves this job can do it," Puca added.
"I'd like to thank Hugh Jones for giving me the opportunity for this job," he said. "I thank Jim Ward, the general manager for everything that he's done, and the great staff here, including Jennifer Vendro -- we couldn't put together the paper without her. And the best partner in the world: Louis Scheuchenzuber. And, of course, I'd like to thank my family for putting up with me. I've sacrificed a lot" of time I could have spent with them covering sports. He and his wife have two children and one grandchild.
Puca is a fan of many sports. He was a Philadelphia Eagles season ticket holder for six years, and they remain his favorite NFL team, while Notre Dame is his college football favorite. Puca loves English Premier League soccer, but the sporting event he would most like to attend is the British Open golf tournament.
"I love Scotland," he said. "I have a deep appreciation for the home of golf." A golfer himself since he was about 14 years old, Puca has played most of the famous courses in Scotland.
As for people who want to talk to him about the Tribune's sports coverage, Puca said, "I'll see you on the field -- the court -- or the pitch!"