Athlete Bio




Linda A. Nardone

Class of 1978

Brilliant three-sport athlete for the CCHS Patriots. Co-Captain of the soccer team and two-time co-captain of the Concord-Carlisle High School girls' basketball team. Earned eight varsity letters, three each in soccer and basketball and two in softball, a sport in which her height (5 foot-8) and strength enabled her to hit the ball a mile.

She was a two-time Dual County League All-Star in both soccer and basketball. Linda also pocketed three MVP Awards, two in basketball and one in soccer. She was a Boston Globe All-Scholastic selection in soccer, plus a Boston Herald All-Scholastic pick in basketball and a Lowell Sun All-Star in basketball. In addition, she was voted the defensive soccer player of the year following the 1977 season.

In Basketball, she was a versatile player, a rare talent who possessed the strength and power to play inside plus the touch and finesse to play guard and handle the rock. A born athlete, Nardone exuded natural talent. She also was a terrific leader and an athlete who was loaded with presence. She was a performer who stood out; an athlete whose natural charisma left her personal stamp on every game she ever played.

"She was a pure talent, a tremendous competitor and the best goalie I ever coached,” said Dave Castelline, the Principal of the Underwood School in Newton who coached Linda in soccer at CCHS.

A top student, Linda earned departmental honors in both mathematics and physical education at Concord-Carlisle High School. She said that playing in both the post-season soccer and basketball tournaments were her biggest thrills playing for the Patriots and Wearing the maroon and white.

Linda played college basketball for the University of Connecticut Huskies. She was a swing player who averaged better than 10 points per game and she was one of the best free throw shooters in the country. Nardone set the UConn record for the most free throws (88) in a single season and she completed her four-year college basketball career as one of the top scorers in the history of UConn women's basketball.