FORT MYERS, Fla. – FGCU women’s basketball coach Karl Smesko announced Thursday that assistant coach Abby Scharlow has resigned and will not return to the program.
“I want to thank Abby for all of her efforts and contributions to our program,” Smesko said. “We enjoyed great success while she was here and we wish her the best in her future endeavors.”
“The past four years I have made many lasting relationships and friendships at FGCU which will continue throughout my lifetime,” Scharlow added. “I am grateful to all those who helped support and grow the women’s basketball program and department as a whole. Thanks to all the amazing people I’ve met, especially our fantastic players.”
Scharlow served as FGCU’s recruiting coordinator during her four seasons with the Eagles. She was instrumental in helping the Green and Blue land the program’s first-ever top-100 recruit Whitney Knight (Winston-Salem, N.C./R.J. Reynolds High School) in 2011. Knight was rated as high as 19th nationally at the guard position and 73rd overall in the recruiting class of 2011 by ESPN’s HoopGurlz.
Knight, who had more than 120 scholarship offers and chose FGCU over Duke, North Carolina and West Virginia, among others, earned First Team All-Conference honors this past season and has been a contributing factor to FGCU’s success. With Scharlow’s recruiting efforts, all-state guard Tayler Goodall of Indiana will join the Eagles next season.
This season, the Green and Blue finished the year with a record of 26-8 after winning both the Atlantic Sun regular-season championship with 17-1 mark and the A-Sun Championship Tournament before falling to Oklahoma State in overtime of the NCAA Tournament First Round. The regular-season title was the team’s fourth straight with Scharlow on staff.
Behind the tournament championship crown, the Eagles made their second NCAA Tournament appearance in just three years of Division-I postseason eligibility and again brought the tournament’s No. 5 seed to overtime as the No. 12 seed.
In her first season on the bench for FGCU in 2010-11, Scharlow helped lead the Eagles to an A-Sun regular-season crown after posting a 28-4 overall record and finished 17-3 in A-Sun play. FGCU, which earned an automatic bid to the WNIT, led the nation in 3-point field goals made per game that season.
With help from Scharlow’s influence, the Eagles went on to produce back-to-back perfect conference seasons and boast a 70-4 league record in conference play during her four years on staff. The team recorded 110 wins that include notable victories over LSU, Michigan State, Virginia Tech and USF in that time.
Prior to arriving in SWFL, Scharlow served as an assistant coach at Valparaiso for three years. She is a 2005 graduate of Green Bay with a Bachelor of Business Administration, with an emphasis in management. While at Green Bay, Scharlow’s team earned three-straight Horizon League titles and made three NCAA Tournament appearances. Scharlow was a two-time All-Horizon League player.
A national search for Scharlow’s replacement will begin immediately.
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