Abby Scharlow, who joined the Eagles in summer of 2010, enters her third season as a member of the FGCU women’s basketball coaching staff. Scharlow, who played collegiately at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, came to the FGCU program following a three-year assistant coaching stint at Valparaiso University.
Scharlow serves as FGCU's recruiting coordinator and has done a tremendous job recruiting solid talent that possess the ability to learn how to 'Play Like An Eagle'. She was very instrumental in helping the Green and Blue land the program's first-ever top 100 recruit Whitney Knight 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 over 120 scholarship offers and chose FGCU over Duke, North Carolina and West Virginia, ranked third at her position and 21st nationally by Dan Olson’s Collegiate Girls Basketball Report.
Scharlow helped lead the Eagles to a solid 2012-13 season. FGCU became the first school to go undefeated in A-Sun play in back-to-back seasons, finishing the season with the most victories (27) of the 13 Division I institutions in the state of Florida and capturing the program’s third consecutive A-Sun Regular Season crown. Led by 2013 A-Sun Player and Scholar-Athlete of the Year Sarah Hansen and 2013 A-Sun Defensive Player of the Year Brittany Kennedy, FGCU also secured the ninth-straight 21+ win in program history and participated in their sixth consecutive Division I postseason tournament (WNIT). Leading the nation and the Atlantic Sun in three-point field goals per game (9.4), for the second year in a row, the Green and Blue ranked in the top 40 in the country in 13 different statistical categories in the final NCAA rankings.
Less than 14 months after tying the all-time NCAA record and setting the 2011-12 NCAA single-game high with 21 three-pointers on 51 long range attempts in their 106-27 over NAIA foe Webber International on Nov. 28, 2011 at Alico Arena, the Eagles knocked down 22 triples in a 97-60 win at ETSU on Jan. 12, 2013. Prior to breaking the record, the Eagles, who own the NCAA Division I single season record for three-pointers (342; 2011-12), were tied for first place all-time with New Mexico State, who drained 21 triples against Louisiana-Lafayette on Feb. 23, 2002. The NCAA Division I record 22 three-point makes are also a program and Atlantic Sun Conference best, as FGCU made 10 treys in the first half and 12 in the second. The Green and Blue hit 12-of-23 (52.2 percent) triples in the final frame in which they outscored the Lady Bucs 46-35.
In 2011-12, Scharlow helped the Green and Blue wrap up the most historic season in its Division I history, winning the program’s first Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament Championship, advancing to the NCAA Tournament and earning a No. 12 seed in the Raleigh Region. FGCU finished with a 29-3 overall record that included a league-first 18-0 mark in the A-Sun. The Green and Blue, with their seven trifectas vs. St. Bonaventure in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, set the NCAA record for three-pointers in a season (342), while also setting the Division I record for three-point field goals made per game (10.7).
The Eagles verified the conference’s third-ever unbeaten regular season by cruising through the Atlantic Sun Tournament, taking the league’s automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament with a convincing 67-39 win over second-seeded and 20-game winner Stetson. The Green and Blue’s success at the conference tournament cemented FGCU’s name in the A-Sun record books. Making their first A-Sun postseason appearance in their first year of postseason eligibility, the Eagles became the third team in A-Sun history to win the Atlantic Sun Championship in its first appearance, while also becoming the second team to post an A-Sun undefeated regular season and win the championship title.
In her first season on the bench for the Blue and Green, Scharlow helped lead the Eagles to an Atlantic Sun Conference regular season crown after posting a 28-4 overall record (17-3 A-Sun). FGCU, who earned an automatic bid to the WNIT, led the nation in three point field goals made per game, as Shannon Murphy picked up first team all-conference honors and Sarah Hansen earned second team all-conference and was named to the A-Sun All-Freshmen squad.
While at Valpo, Scharlow had direct influence over a second team All-Horizon League guard in Valparaiso’s first season in the conference and a first team All-Conference selection in 2008-2009.
Scharlow arrived at Valpo after having played professionally in Finland during the 2006-2007 season, where she was named the Finnish Guard of the Year. She helped lead Team Catz of Lappeenranta, who took the silver medal, to the playoffs for the first time in the team’s history playing Division I.
A native of New Albany, Indiana, she has also played professionally for the San Diego Siege, helping lead the team to the National Women’s Basketball League championship in 2006. She also played for Club D.C. of Kastoria in Greece in 2005.
Scharlow played collegiately at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay from 2002-2005 where she competed on a nationally-ranked team which won three consecutive Horizon League titles and earned three straight NCAA Tournament appearances. A two-time First Team All-Horizon League selection, Scharlow was a Street & Smith All-America Honorable Mention pick for 2003-2004. An All-Newcomer Team pick for the Horizon League as a freshman at Cleveland State University in 2000-2001, she was also twice named to the league’s All-Tournament Team, including being named the Most Valuable Player of the 2004 tournament after transferring to Green Bay.
As a prep player at New Albany High School, Scharlow was named to the Indiana All-Star Team in 2000. She also led the 1999 squad to a state championship with a perfect 28-0 record.
Scharlow is a 2005 graduate of Green Bay with a Bachelor of Business Administration, with an emphasis in management.
WHAT THEY'RE SAYING ABOUT SCHARLOW:
“Abby has done a great job in developing as a coach. She is able to relate well to players because of her successful collegiate and professional playing experience. We wish her well in her career.”
- Keith Freeman, Valparaiso University's Former Head Women's Basketball Coach
"Abby was a terrifc player with unparalleled drive. Her love for basketball is not one you see everyday. A true gym rat who loved to compete but most importantly just loved the game. For us she was a leader by example in every way you could imagine, off the floor, in the classroom and on the court. A true role model in every sense of the word. Hard worker, high moral values, great leader. As good a player as Abby was, she is even a better person."
- Kevin Borseth, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay's Head Women's Basketball Coach