Assistant Head Coach
Coach Charbonneau begins his first season with the Eagles, serving as the assistant head coach, run game coordinator and offensive Line coach. He joined the Avila football staff in April of 2013.
Charbonneau comes to Avila after spending the 2012 season with Valley City State University as their offensive line coach. In 2012 the Vikings posted a 7-3 record and finished the season ranked 24th in the nation. The offensive line had 3 players named to the all-conference teams, and they paved the way to 184 yards a game on the ground while only giving up 12 sacks on the season.
Before joining the staff at Valley City, Charbonneau spent three seasons coaching at Saint Francis University in Pennsylvania a member of the Division 1 FCS Northeast Conference. While at SFU he helped develop one of the most potent offenses in school history as the run game coordinator coaching the running backs his first two seasons and adding the offensive line during his last season with the team. The Red Flash set single-season school records in 2011 for points, touchdowns and rushing yards. Saint Francis also boasted the most efficient offense in the Northeast Conference in the red zone.
Running back Kyle Harbridge was named an All-American (3rd Team), and both he and offensive lineman Jordan Kelly were placed on the All-NEC Teams. Harbridge also set single season school records for rushing yards, touchdowns, and points. He also set the school record for single game rushing yards, racking up 367 yards on the ground and 457 all-purpose yards vs Morehead State (KY). The offense was ranked 20th nationally rushing the ball, averaging 204 yards per game.
Prior to his time at Saint Francis University, Charbonneau coached at the University of North Dakota. In 2006 he was the assistant offensive line coach and the team finished the season 11-2 making it to the National Quarterfinals. He was named tight ends coach prior to the 2007 season and in each of his two years in that position he mentored an all-conference tight ends: senior Blair Grover was named to the All-Great West Conference first team in 2008 and senior Troy Ott earned All-North Central Conference second team honors in 2007. The UND football team finished the 2007 season 10-2 making it to the second round of the Division 2 national playoffs. The 2008 season was the Fighting Sioux inaugural season in division 1 FCS, and the team finished with an overall record of 6-4.
Before his stint at UND, Charbonneau served as the head football coach taking care of both offensive and special teams coordinator duties of the Manitoba provincial champions St-James Rods in 2005 going undefeated. During his one season there, Coach Charbonneau was named coach of the year for the league and the team was also honored with the top defensive player and top co-offensive player. Prior to that, Charbonneau spent three years as the offensive line coach at Mount Allison University in New Brunswick, Canada.
Charbonneau has also been invited to guest coached in the Canadian Football League (CFL) five times, assisting the offensive line coach during training camp. His first experience was with Winnipeg Blue Bombers 2007-2008, followed by 2009-2011 with the Saskatchewan Roughriders. Charbonneau credits much of his learning of offensive line play to the three coaches he had the opportunity to work with. His first three years guest coaching were under legendary offensive line coach Bob Wylie, followed by one camp with each veteran coach, Tom Freeman and Steve Buratto.
An Ottawa, Ontario, native, Charbonneau received his bachelor’s degree from Mount Allison University in Canada, where he was an offensive lineman for the Mounties. Paul and his wife Lindsay have two children named Makenzie and Drew.