Leo Biron is perhaps the best quarterback in Bartlett High School football history.
Under his leadership, the Indians compiled a 19-8 record during the 1958, 1959, and 1960 seasons. His passing and running performances led Bartlett to many victories.
Leo, also known as “Chico,” played varsity basketball for two years, and was a member of the track & field team for one year. Bartlett made appearances in the Clark and Assumption tournaments when Chico was on the basketball roster.
Recognition for this talent and leadership included Bartlett being named Class B Champions in 1960; Leo’s receipt of the Alumni MVP Football Award; a full football scholarship to UMass-Amherst; and receipt of the Weiss football player of the area award.
After his Bartlett graduation in 1961, Leo continued his gridiron exploits at UMass. Highlights of those years include his receiving the game ball after the UMass 34-16 win over Boston University in 1965; playing in the Tangerine Bowl in Orland, Florida vs. East Carolina in 1964; and receiving the Paul Evans Outstanding Player Award in 1965.
After graduating from college, he spent the next 34 years in secondary school education as an administrator, teacher, and coach. Twenty-seven of those years were spent at Shepherd Hill Regional High School, when “Leo Biron Coached” football teams were highly competitive – winning championships and playing in post-season bowl games.
Chico retired from SHRHS in 2001. He now works part time in construction. He and his wife Patricia have three daughters – Michelle Bedard, 36, Melissa Manzi, 34, and Leslie Pietz, 33; and one son, Leon Biron, 35.