Brenner Abbott
Brenner Abbott
Title: Assistant Coach - Men's and Women's Vertical Jumps & Javelin and Men's Multi Events
Phone: (617) 495-2128
Email: abbott@fas.harvard.edu
Previous College: Maine
Experience: 8th season
Events: Pole Vault, High Jump, Decathlon

Brenner Abbott is in his eighth season with the Crimson in 2018-19 and continues to lead the Harvard pole vaulters, high jumpers and decathletes.

The 2017-18 season saw Harvard see immense success in the pole vault as freshman Erick Duffy set the second-best mark in program history, clearing 17-3.

In 2016-17, freshman Zoe Hughes became Harvard's first Heps champion in the women's pentathlon since 2009 (Shannon Flahive), recording the second most points in school history (4,093). Hughes qualified for the NCAA Indoor Championships, earning All-America honors and becoming the second student-athlete in program history to represent Harvard in the pentathlon at NCAA Indoors. During the outdoor season, senior captain Raegan Nizdil capped off her career with her first individual Heps title, winning the high jump by clearing 5'7.75" on her first attempt. Marlena Sabatino (pole vault), and Donagh Mahon (high jump) were also regular scorers for the Crimson.

In 2015-16, with Harvard records were falling on a weekly basis, Abbott helped mentor Marlena Sabatino to both the indoor and outdoor program records in the pole vault. The Crimson women also saw success in the decathlon, where Madison Hansen became the school-record holder with her Ivy title at outdoor Heps.

The Crimson had another banner year in 2014-15, as the women won the indoor and outdoor Ivy League Heptagonal Championships. At the indoor meet, Hannah Mayer collected second team All-Ivy League honors in the javelin. Abbott also coached junior Mark Hill, who posted the third-best decathlon score in school history at outdoor Heps.

Abbott helped with the success of the 2013-14 squad, as the team combined to send a record number of athletes to both the NCAA Championships (seven) and the NCAA East Regional (28). The women won both the indoor and outdoor Ivy League Heptagonal Championships for the second time in program history. 

Abbott played a key role in the successful 2012-13 season for both the men’s and women’s teams. The pole vaulting corps shined at the 2013 Indoor Heptagonal Championships with Sydnie Leroy ’13 claiming second-team All-Ivy status, helping the women’s team claim its first league championship since 2000. Nico Weiler ’13 earned Most Outstanding Field Performer of the Meet honors in a championship performance at the indoor event. He went on to capture the IC4A indoor pole vault title as well as the 2013 Outdoor Heptagonal Championships pole vault crown.

In his first year with Harvard, Abbott helped the men's outdoor squad record its best finish in a decade at the Heptagonal Championships, taking third in the competition. He also worked with pole vaulters Nico Weiler '13 and Allie Pace '14, the former breaking the indoor and outdoor school records and earning first team All-America honors and the latter setting the women's indoor and outdoor school marks.

Abbott joined the Harvard track and field/cross country staff during the 2011-12 season and worked primarily with the vertical jumps. Abbott joined the Crimson staff after an 11-year stint at nearby Northeastern, working under head coach Sherman Hart.

While with the Huskies, Abbott helped the pole vaulters and javelin throwers rise to regional and national prominence. In addition to his work at NU, Abbott has been a featured clinician for six years with the “On the Road” Track & Field World Tour. He has also been the Director of Pole Vaulting at the Winged Foot Track & Field Camp for nine years, the Director of Javelin Training at the Mass. Track & Field Academy for 11 years and has been a pole vault clinician at the M-F Athletic Jumps Camp for 10 years.

Prior to joining the Huskies, Abbott coached at his high school alma mater, Milford High. As an athlete, he was a captain of the track & field team at the University of Maine, where he set the pole vault record and was All-IC4A twice in the javelin. Abbott resides in Charlestown.