Site Directors

The Southwest Florida Youth Basketball Site Directors, George Gabourel and Abby Scharlow, are the perfect fit for your child to be able to have a great time on the court while increasing their ability and skill level.

George Gabourel

George Gabourel has over 32 years of basketball coaching experience. He began his coaching career in Hartford, Vermont where he was the Head Girls Basketball Coach for thirteen years. During this time, Coach Gabourel was named Coach of the Year four times, made eleven appearances in the State Quarter Finals and one appearance in the State Final Four. His teams won four conference championships and one Regional championship.

In the 13 seasons he coached, he compiled a winning percentage of greater than 700%. Coach Gabourel has coached at numerous elite summer camps including that of the University of Connecticut under Head Coach Geno Auriemma, University of Maine under Head Coach Joann McCallie, (currently Head Women’s Coach at Duke University), Providence College under Coach Bob Foley and Holy Cross under Coach Bob Gibbins. He has also participated in extensive dynamic skill development training with athletes of all age levels and coached travel basketball teams during the spring and summer months.

Coach Gabourel is currently the Asst. Head Girls Basketball Coach at Barron Collier High School and the JV girl’s coach where he is entering his tenth year.

Abby Scharlow

Abby Scharlow has completed her fourth year of Assistant Coach at FGCU women’s basketball coaching staff. Scharlow played collegiately at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, and came to the FGCU program following a three-year Assistant Coaching position at Valparaiso University.

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 Tam Catz of Lappeenranta, who to the silver medal to the playoffs for the first time in the team’s history playing Division 1.

A native of New Albany, Indiana, Abby also played professionally for the San Diego Siege, helping to lead the team to the National Women’s Basketball League Championship in 2006. She also played for Club DC of Kastoria in Greece in 2005.