Monica Abbott: Early Life, Fiancé & Net Worth

Monica Abbott is a phenomenal American professional softball player who has won several gold medals and set multiple softball records.

This player has contributed to Tennessee Diamonds, NPF, Toyota Motor Company, and Team USA. Also, Abbott appeared in two Olympics games, winning a silver medal on both.

American Softball Player, Monica Abbott
American Softball Player Monica Abbott

She has won three world championships, five NPF championships, and six JSL championships throughout his career journey.

In the article, we have mentioned detailed information about Monica Abbott, including her early life, career, awards, personal life, and net worth.

Quick Facts: Monica Abbott

Well, before we get started, let us know some of Abbott’s quick facts:

Birth Name Monica Cecilia Abbott
Age 36 Years Old
Nick Name Monica
Date of Birth July 28, 1985
Gender Female
Profession Softball Player
Place of Birth Santa Cruz, California, United States
Nationality American
Ethnicity White
Horoscope Aries
Marital Status Married
Husband Jeff Bower
Children None
Father Bruce Abbott
Mother Julie Abbott
Siblings Jessica Abbott
Education North Salinas High School
University of Tennessee
Religion Christian
Height 6 feet and 3 inches or 191cm
Weight 88 kg or 194 pounds
Eye Color Dark Brown
Hair Color Dark Brown
Net Worth $2.5 Million
Source of Income Softball Player
Active Years 2004-Present
Known For Tennessee Diamonds
Social Media Twitter, Facebook, Instagram
Merch Autographed Baseball Cards
Last Update November, 2021

Early Life and Family of Monica Abbott

Monica Cecilia Abbott, a softball player, was born on July 28, 1985, in Santa Cruz, California, United States of America.

Abbott was born to the proud parents, father Bruce Abbott, and mother, Julie Abbott, who belong to the white ethnic groups holding the nationality of the United States.

She grew up with the support of her parents and four siblings, Jessica, Jared, and twins Bina and Gina.

Talking about her education, Monica pursued her early education at the North Salinas High School.

Since high school, she was an athlete who led the high school team, Vikings, to three CIF Central Coast Section Division I titles.

During her high school days, Abbott won several individual and team awards.

How old is Monica Abbott? Age and Body Measurements

American softball athlete Monica Abbott is currently 36 Years Old.

Abbott celebrates her annual birthday on the 28th of July and falls under the zodiac sign of Aries, which represents her personality as original, ardent, and optimistic.

Moving towards the physical appearance of this athlete, Monica has a fit and healthy body, having an impressive body height of 6 feet and 3 inches or 191cm.

Similarly, Abbott weighs around 88 kg or 194 pounds having a body measurement of 31-24-35 inches representing her chest size, waist size, and hip size respectively.

Furthermore, this female softball player is blessed with a pair of dark brown eyes and dark brown hair color.

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Career

College Year

Completing her high school as an impressive softball player, she joined the University of Tennessee to major in communication and indeed to improve her game.

During her freshman year, she made a total of 59 appearances and was selected as a Louisville Slugger/NFCA First Team All-American.

Monica struck out 582 batters in 352 innings throughout her freshman year.

Monica throwing softball
Monica throwing softball

However, this talented player finished her freshman year as the SEC Freshman of the Year and the third pitcher in the NCAA history to notch 500 strikeouts in a season.

Similarly, during her sophomore year, she made a record becoming a two-time first-team Louisville Slugger/NFCA All-American and All-South Region.

Also, Monica broke her own record with 50 wins and 603 strikeouts in a single season.

Abbott became the first pitcher in the history of NCAA Division I to have over 500 strikeouts twice in a season.

Every year, she led her team to the WCWS All-Tournament, where she made an impressive 531 strikeouts during her Junior year.

Senior College Year

Abbott had an even better senior year breaking her own record of 724 batters on a single NCAA season.

Monica had six perfect games naming her the 2007 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year and many other awards.

Furthermore, she finally led her team UT to their first SEC title and a berth in the CWS championship.

Abbott set a standout record with 189 victories, 2,440 strikeouts, 112 shutouts, 253 appearances, and 1,448 innings pitches throughout her senior season.

Once again, she set another record, becoming the first pitcher in the history of NCAA Division I to record 500 strikeouts in all four years of her college career.

US National Team

She leads the Team USA to four World Cup of Softball championships, three Canada Cup, and ISF Women’s World Championships with her excellent softball skill.

During the 2007 Pan Am Games held in Rio, she pitched the US National Team to a gold medal.

Monica Abbott on Team USA
Monica Abbott on Team USA

This talented player stepped down from the national team in 2010. However, Abbott returned in 2018 and won another World Championship with the team.

Furthermore, Monica won the 2019 USA Softball International Cup, the 2019 Japan Cup, and Pan Am Games with team USA.

Olympics

Abbott made her Olympic Games debut on August 11, 2008, after being selected as one of three pitchers. 

Fortunate for Abbott, she had a perfect game pitched in the Olympics, defeating the Netherlands with 8-0.

Similarly, this talented softball player led the Team USA to the Olympic finals securing a 4-1 win in the semi-final.

However, they lost against Team Japan at the finals with 3-1, where Abbott pitched the final two innings.

Throughout her 2008 Olympics, she made a 0.29 ERA and a 3-0 record in 24 innings with 32 batters striking out.

Monica certainly took a while to return to her second Olympic Games and made her second appearance in the 2020 Olympics.

Abbott was still in good shape playing three group stage matches against Canada, Australia, and Japan.

Although Team USA lost the finals against Japan, she earned a silver medal and her name onto the WBSC All-Olympic softball team.

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Professional Softball Career

National Pro Fastpitch (NPF)

Monica made her professional softball career debut on August 2, 2007, joining NPF.

She led the team to the victory on her debut match with 18 batters in ten innings against the Rockford Thunder.

The player also won her first professional Championship in her debut season of 2007 with NFP.

In 2010, Abbott played for Tennessee Diamonds and then went to Chicago Bandits in 2011 as a free agent.

Abbott with Olympics Silver Medal
Abbott with Olympics Silver Medal

Similarly, this softball player in 2016 went to the Scrap Yard Dawgs, where her salary was $1 million, making her the highest-earning women’s softball player in the United States.

Japan Softball League

Abbott joined the Japan Softball League with a team Toyota Motor Company in 2010. She led the team to the Japan Softball League title, becoming a league MVP.

During the finals, she had the perfect game with a no-hitter in the championship.

With her presence and support to the Toyota Motor Company, she won the JSL title for three consecutive years (2010, 2011, and 2012).

Furthermore, they won the JSL title again in 2014, 2016, and 2018 where Monica became MVP in five seasons.

Awards and Accomplishments

Season Accomplishments

  1. In 2007, USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year.
  2. Only Player with multiple 50 win seasons in a career.
  3. Only Player to have 40+ wins in four seasons.
  4. Abbott became the only player to have 500 strikeouts in four collegiate seasons.
  5. Most strikeouts in a season with 724 in 2007.
  6. Most games pitched in a season with 69 in 2005.
  7. Abbott had the most wins and most strikeouts as a freshman, with 45 wins and 582 strikeouts in 2004.

Career Accomplishments

  1. 2,440 career NCAA Division strikeouts as 1st all-time.
  2. 189 career NCAA Division wins as 1st all-time.
  3. 112 career shoutouts as 1st all-time.
  4. 253 career games pitched as 1st all-time.
  5. 206 career games started as 1st all-time.
  6. 1448 career innings pitched as 1st all-time.
  7. 1788 career complete games as 2nd all-time.
  8. 11.80 career strikeouts per 7 innings as 3rd all-time.
  9. .848 career win percentage.
  10. 16 career saves with a tie as 10th all-time.
  11. 23rd career NCAA Division with no-hitters as 2nd all-time.
  12. Six career NCAA Division with perfect games as 2nd all-time.

Career Highlights

  1. Monica won Japan Softball League Champion six times in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2016, and 2018.
  2. She won the Japan Softball League MVP award five times in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2016, and 2018.
  3. Won Silver medal at 2008 Olympic.
  4. Abbott made history in Olympics with her first perfect game.
  5. Three times World Champion Gold Medalist
  6. Two times Pan American Gold Medalist
  7. Five times National Pro Fastpitch Champion in 2007, 2011, 2013, 2015, and 2017.
  8. Four times NPF MVP Awards in 2007, 2011, 2015, and 2017.
  9. Five times NPF Pitcher of the Year Award in 2011, 2012, 2015, 2016, and 2017.
  10. All-NPF Selection from 2009 to 2017.
  11. Abbott became the Women’s Sports Foundation Sportswoman of the Year in 2007.
  12. Abbott won the Honda Award in Softball in 2007.
  13. Four times All-American
  14. Monica became the first pitcher in D1 to record 500 Strikeouts all four seasons at the college level.

Personal Life of Monica Abbott

Monica Abbott is a phenomenal athlete who has maintained a balance between personal and professional life and is in a relationship with Jeff Bower.

Jeff Bowler is the head equipment manager for St. Louis XFL. On November 26th, 2019, the couple announced their engagement through her Instagram.

Monica with her Fiance
Monica with her Fiance, Jeff Bower

Bowler proposed Monica with a diamond ring in front of the oceanside resort; the video was posted on her Instagram.

Although they have been living together for several years, there is no information about them getting married.

What is Monica Abbott’s Net Worth?

Having a great career throughout her entire life since high school, Abbott has surely earned a huge amount of net worth.

As of 2021, the total estimated net worth of Monica Abbott’s is around $2.5 million.

Abbott earns a sufficient amount of money through her softball career while she also makes more from brand endorsement deals, being a top athlete.

Indeed, this softball player lives a lavish lifestyle along with her fiance.

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Social Media Presence

American talented professional softball player Monica Abbott is an active social media user available on various social media.

Abbott is more of an Instagram user where she frequently keeps posting regarding her both professional and personal life experiences.

She has over 76.3K followers with around 1.9k posts on her Instagram account. Similarly, Abbott has over 40.5k followers on her Twitter account.

Finally, this softball player has over 52K followers on her Facebook account.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Monica Abbott’s best strikeout record in a single season?

Monica in 2007 made the most strikeouts, 724, in a single season, making her best strikeout record.

How many times have Monica Abbott become NPF Pitcher of the Year?

Abbott has become the NPF Pitcher of the Year for five years in 2011, 2012, 2015, 2016, and 2017. 

What Guinness Book of Record does Monica Abbott holds?

Monica Abbott holds the record as the fastest softball pitch ever, reaching 77 miles per hour during National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) game on June 16, 2012.

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