Three Nashua sports legends inducted into the Hall of Fame

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The 2024 Holman Stadium Sports Legends Hall Of Fame induction ceremony was held before the 4th of July fireworks display. Ed Lecius representing the Nashua Lions served as emcee and presenter of the awards. Photo / Dan Splaine Photography

NASHUA, NH – Since 2009, the Nashua Lions in partnership with the city of Nashua, has sponsored the Holman Stadium Sports Legends Hall Of Fame. The 2024 inductees were presented before the 4th of July fireworks display. 

Ed Lecius, representing the Nashua Lions, served as emcee and presenter of the awards. The Hall of Fame ceremony acknowledged the careers and countless hours spent by the three inductees at Holman. 

Ed Lecius (left) representing the Nashua Lions presenting the plaque to Charles Mellen III (right) on behalf of his late grandfather Charlie Mellen who was inducted into the Holman Stadium Sports Legends Hall Of Fame. Mellon was a long-time varsity baseball coach at Nashua High. Photo / Dan Splaine Photography

The Late Charlie Mellon, long-time varsity baseball coach of Nashua High, Tony Johnson, a player and later coach of Bishop Guertin football, and Bill Dodd baseball coach at Bishop Guertin are this year’s inductees

Mellen guided his team to five state titles during his 17 seasons as coach of Nashua High. In addition to coaching, he was a longtime mathematics teacher. Mellen died in February this year. His grandson Charles Mellen III represented the family at the ceremony and accepted the plaques on their behalf.

Ed Lecius (left) representing the Nashua Lions presenting the plaque to Tony Johnson (right) who was inducted into the Holman Stadium Sports Legends Hall Of Fame. He was a player and coach at Bishop Guertin. Photo / Dan Splaine Photography

Tony Johnson first spent time at Holman as a Cardinal playing for legendary football coach Dick Piwowarski. He was a member of the 1975 state championship team.  In 1994 his former coach hired him and he returned to Holman as head coach. His teams won 9 state titles. He later served as athletic director. Currently, he is leading BG’s capital drive for their new sports and performing arts facility.

Coaching legend Bill Dodd was the longest-serving baseball coach in New Hampshire sports history. His baseball coaching began at Guertin, moved to Milford, and ended at Soughegan. He began as an assistant football coach under Piwowarski at Guertin when Tony Johnson was a player. Dodd holds the record as the winningest baseball coach in the Granite State.

Ed Lecius (left) representing the Nashua Lions presenting the plaque to Bill Dodd (right) who was inducted into the Holman Stadium Sports Legends Hall Of Fame. Dodd is the longest-serving and winningest baseball coach in New Hampshire history. Photo / Dan Splaine Photography