The 1978 men’s basketball team that led then Palm Beach Junior College to its first state title is returning to campus for a reunion celebration.
PBSC will welcome back and recognize the eight-player team of Michael Bennett, William (Bill) Buchanan, Dirk Jamison, Shack Leonard, Jr., Paul Mercak, Michael Owens, Derrick Paul, Sammy Weathersbee and their coach Joe Ceravalo and assistant coach Willie Gibson at halftime during the men’s basketball game starting at 4 p.m. Jan. 26 in the gym on the Lake Worth campus. … Continue reading 1978 men’s championship basketball team to be honored
In just six months on the job, Athletics Director Tom Seitz has implemented several new initiatives to raise support for all Palm Beach State College sports programs and to ensure athletes get the academic help they need.
Seitz, the former commissioner of The Crossroads League in Indianapolis, recently started a Panther Athletic Club to help the community become more aware and involved in PBSC athletics.
Anyone is welcome to join the club. Membership fees range from $50 to $250. … Continue reading Seitz starts new initiatives to boost PBSC athletics
Palm Beach State College welcomes Tom Seitz as its new athletic director.
Seitz officially began his duties Jan. 2. He replaces John Scarpino, who served as the interim director for the past 15 months.
Originally from Daytona Beach, Fla., Seitz has more than 25 years of experience as a collegiate player, coach and administrator. Before joining Palm Beach State, he was the commissioner of The Crossroads League in Indianapolis, where he oversaw the operations for a league comprised of 10 institutions of higher education. … Continue reading Seitz named PBSC athletic director
Maureen Smith, who has more than 24 years of coaching experience, has been chosen as the new interim coach for the Panther women’s basketball team for the 2017-18 season. She replaces Kris Ruffo, who was the head coach for the past eight years.
Before joining Palm Beach State College, Smith, a New Jersey native, was the assistant coach for women’s basketball at University High School in Orlando and the assistant golf coach at Seminole State College in Sanford. … Continue reading Veteran coach to lead women’s basketball
The Palm Beach State College Athletic Department announces Drew Colvin as its new head volleyball coach for the 2016-17 season.
Colvin will officially begin his duties on June 1. He replaces Sam Skelton, who was the head coach for the past 18 years.
Originally from Sanderson, Fla., Colvin has been Palm Beach State’s assistant volleyball coach along with his wife Jessica for the past nine years.
“Drew has shown a great level of loyalty and commitment to the volleyball program and we are excited to now see him as head coach,” said Athletic Director David Holstein. … Continue reading Colvin named head volleyball coach
Ten Palm Beach State College student-athletes are making a difference this year, not just among their teammates but in the local community.
These individuals were handpicked by their coaches to join the Student Athletic Leadership Team, commonly referred to as “SALT.”
Through the membership, athletes learn leadership and life skills through monthly workshops to enhance their capacity to not only lead themselves but transcend those skills to others in their sphere of influence.
Workshop topics include: intrapersonal leadership, … Continue reading Athletes pay it forward through SALT membership
From Contact magazine, Winter 2014-15
Lake Worth’s Arnoldi Anthony “Tony” Cruz says baseball has been his whole life since he first began playing 23 years ago at age 5.
Just eight years ago he was playing baseball for then Palm Beach Community College, where he was a First-Team All-Conference Player. From there, his boyhood dream came true, when he was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals organization. After four years of hard work at the minor league level, … Continue reading Panther baseball great ‘Cruz-es’ to major league success
It was a historic 2013 for Palm Beach State College baseball. With the leadership of head coach Kyle Forbes, the team won its first FCSAA state title since 1984 and made its first ever appearance in the NJCAA JUCO World Series.
For these efforts, Forbes was named Coach of the Year by the Palm Beach County Sports Commission. He was presented the award March 23 during the commission’s Annual Athletic Hall of Fame Banquet at the Palm Beach County Convention Center. … Continue reading Forbes honored as the top coach in Palm Beach County