Abbott enters his second season as an assistant coach for the Bruins after coaching at Jesuit High School in Sacramento, CA. While at Jesuit, Abbott coached the team to the 2002 State Cross Country Championship. He also served as coach at Bend High School in Bend, OR where his team also won a state title in 2001. Abbott also served on the United State Olympic Committee Coaching Division in 1999.
While at UCLA, Abbott served as a team captain for the 1999 and 2000 seasons, and was a three-time Pac-10 All-Academic team member and two-time UCLA Track Student-Athlete of the Year. Abbott prepped at Jesuit HS where he led his team to three California State Team championships, and was named All-State and All-West in 1995.