Athletics

Panthers named Division II Gulf District Tournament runner-up

Palm Beach State College’s volleyball team was named the FCSAA/NJCAA Division II Gulf District Tournament runner-up Nov. 5 after being defeated by Gulf Coast State College in the Gulf District Championship game. They end the season 13-7.
During the tournament, which began Friday, Nov. 4, the Panthers first played South Florida State College. That victory advanced them to the Gulf District Tournament Semi Finals vs. Pensacola State College.
The Panthers entered as winners of 10 games in a row, … Continue reading Panthers named Division II Gulf District Tournament runner-up

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Volleyball team captures South Division title, Bryant named Player of the Year

The Palm Beach State College Volleyball team wrapped up their 2022 season capturing the Sun-Lakes Conference South Division championship.
The Panthers played their first five games of the season on the road, going 2-3 in those contests.  A five-game losing streak, including four conference games, brought the Panthers to 2-6 heading into South Division play.  That is when the season turned around.  The Panthers are currently on a nine-game winning streak, with eight of those wins being conference wins.  … Continue reading Volleyball team captures South Division title, Bryant named Player of the Year

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PBSC alum now a Milwaukee Brewers major league player

Palm Beach State College baseball alumnus Peter Strzelecki is now a Milwaukee Brewers Major League Baseball player.
Strzelecki pitched for PBSC during the 2014 and 2015 seasons and graduated with an Associate in Arts degree in 2015.
“Pete was an awesome competitor and a very solid teammate as well,” said PBSC Head Baseball Coach Kyle Forbes. “We are so happy and proud of his success and promotion to the major leagues.”
After graduating from PBSC, … Continue reading PBSC alum now a Milwaukee Brewers major league player

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PBSC alum now a Baltimore Orioles major league player

Palm Beach State College baseball alumnus Nicholas “Nick” Vespi is now a Baltimore Orioles Major League Baseball player.
Vespi, who pitched for PBSC during the 2015 season, was drafted later that year in the 18th round and signed with the Orioles to play for their minor league affiliate teams.
“Nick was a great pitcher for the Panthers and was a very solid teammate as well,” said PBSC Head Baseball Coach Kyle Forbes. “He has certainly earned this promotion to the major leagues, … Continue reading PBSC alum now a Baltimore Orioles major league player

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Ruane to serve as head men’s basketball coach

Palm Beach State College Athletics has selected Michael Ruane to serve as its new head men’s basketball coach. He officially begins May 2.
He was selected for the role from a national pool of more than 200 candidates.
Ruane has been the head men’s basketball coach at the University of Bridgeport in Bridgeport, Conn. for the past 22 years. Earlier this year, he achieved his 400th career win with Bridgeport making him one of only 40 active coaches at the 305 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II level schools with that number of victories. … Continue reading Ruane to serve as head men’s basketball coach

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PBSC athletics co-hosts West Palm Beach Invitational

The Palm Beach State College Athletics Department welcomed several top NCAA Division I women’s basketball teams to its Lake Worth campus gymnasium as co-host of the West Palm Beach Invitational.
PBSC partnered with Keiser University to host the event, which included 10 teams who played in tournaments Dec. 18-21, 2021.
On Dec. 20, PBSC hosted Texas Tech University vs. the University of Mississippi at 1:15 p.m. and on Dec. 21 High Point University vs. Florida Gulf Coast University at 1:15 p.m. … Continue reading PBSC athletics co-hosts West Palm Beach Invitational

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Scarpino named PBSC athletics director

John Scarpino has been named Palm Beach State College’s new athletics director. The announcement comes as the program transitions this fall from Division I to Division II in the National Junior College Athletic Association.
“I look forward to the challenge of transitioning into Division II and working with our seasoned, veteran coaching staff to establish PBSC athletics as one of the premier programs in the nation,” said Scarpino, who has 32 years of student services administration experience and more than 15 years as an athletics director. … Continue reading Scarpino named PBSC athletics director

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Richard Grant named PBSC’s head men’s basketball coach

Richard Grant has been named Palm Beach State College’s new head coach for men’s basketball.
Grant will officially begin his duties on Aug. 1. He replaces Martin McCann, who was the head coach for the past five years.
Grant was chosen for the role after a national search.
“Coach Grant impressed me with his passion and commitment to fostering a brand new program that is high caliber, highly competitive and student centered,” said Mareta Iosia-Sizemore, interim athletics director. … Continue reading Richard Grant named PBSC’s head men’s basketball coach

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McCann named a top 30 basketball coach under 30

Head Men’s Basketball Coach Martin McCann has been named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches 2019 Under Armour 30-Under-30 Team.
The award is presented to the most promising coaches that have achieved a high level of success before the age of 30. The NABC began presenting the Under Armour 30-Under-30 award in 2016, and McCann is one of only two community or junior college coaches to ever make the list. The NABC consists of over 5,000 college coaches that promise to uphold the organization’s four core values: advocacy, … Continue reading McCann named a top 30 basketball coach under 30

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PBSC athletics adds women’s soccer, discontinues softball

Palm Beach State College leadership has made the decision to add a women’s soccer program and discontinue the College’s softball team.
The women’s soccer team will begin to play in the fall of 2021, and PBSC looks to hire a coach as soon as possible in order to begin recruiting for that season.
“We are extremely excited to be adding women’s soccer to our athletic programs,” said Palm Beach State President Ava L. Parker, J.D. “This allows us to engage with our community in new ways and continue to impact our area with new and exciting offerings.”
Over the last 10 years, … Continue reading PBSC athletics adds women’s soccer, discontinues softball

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