Talent notwithstanding, desire and the will to succeed led Abby Charbonneau to a remarkable two-sport career at Bartlett High, and those attributes later led to her fulfilling a dream.
Abby had four knee surgeries throughout her high school and college careers in order to complete her quest of playing Division 1 college basketball.
She remains as the only Bartlett basketball player to ever receive a Division 1 basketball scholarship, in this case to Providence College.
Abby played Bartlett basketball from grade 7 through her senior year in 1997, when she was team captain. Three times she was named to the Border Conference All-Star team, was MVP of a Christmas basketball tourney in her freshmen year, and was a T&G Super Team selection as a sophomore. During her four-year career, she averaged 16.9 points per game, eight assists per game, three rebounds per game, and six steals per game.
She played varsity soccer for three years, serving as team captain as a junior. Three times she was named to the Border Conference All-State team and as a sophomore was named to an All-State soccer team as well as the T&G Super Team. In addition, she was named the Central Mass. Soccer Tourney MVP as a sophomore.
Abby also played tennis in her senior year at Bartlett and finished the season undefeated in doubles.
She was the recipient of the Stasia Czernicki Award in 2001 for contributions to women in sports.
While at Providence, she received the Coach’s Award in her freshman and senior years. Abby was a tri-captain for the Friars in her senior year.
After graduating from Providence College, Abby served as assistance women’s basketball coach at SUNY Potsdam, N.Y. a division 3 college.
From 2003 to the present, she has served as assistant women’s basketball coach at St. Leo University, a Division 2 college in Florida.