Fourteen people and two teams will be inducted into the inaugural Notre Dame (West Haven) Athletic Hall of Fame on Oct. 5.
The inductees are as follows: Joe Tonelli Sr. (1962), former standout for baseball and basketball, who went on to coach basketball and serve as athletic director; Tarek Saleh (1993), who starred in football at Notre Dame, the University of Wisconsin and both the Cleveland Browns and the Carolina Panthers; Tom Marcucci (1966), who retired in 2018 after 48 years spent at the school, including both football and baseball coach and athletic director; Ray Tellier, also a former baseball and football coach, leading the school to a state championship in 1962; Nick Pietrosante (1955), who played football at the University of Notre Dame and with the Detroit Lions and Browns; Greg Lawler (1965), a standout swimmer who went on to star at Yale University; Ray Ciarleglio (1959), a three-sport standout (baseball, basketball and football), who once played baseball in the Minnesota Twins’ organization before going on to coach high school football.
Also being inducted are: Jim Davins (1982), an ex-baseball and hockey player who spent time in both the Milwaukee Brewers’ and Twins’ organizations; Jim Guercia, a longtime teacher, baseball, football and track and field coach; Gary Palladino, who coached 31 seasons and won 412 boys basketball games for the Green Knights’ program; Bill Parkinson, the school’s longtime track and field and cross country coach; John Janenda, the school’s first football coach, leading the team to its first state championship in 1954; Richard Lawler Sr., who was the first swimming coach, winning at one point 87 consecutive dual meets; and Ed Schreck (1963), a former three-sport standout (baseball, basketball and football) who went on to start in football at Syracuse.
The two football teams being inducted are the 1954 team, which finished 9-0, allowed just 12 points and was named the New Haven Register’s top team, and the 1962 team, which finished 8-0, scored 171 points and was the Register’s top team that season.
The induction ceremony will be held at 1:30 p.m. in the school auditorium. Tickets are $65. Visit notredamehs.com/HallofFame2019 for more information on how to purchase tickets.