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
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
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
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
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
The Palm Beach State College Athletic Department has launched a new website to give the College’s sports programs a bolder digital identity and better showcase its athletes and brand.
The site, pbscpanthers.com, features scores and statistics that will be populated shortly after each game. Rosters include biographies, statistics and game logs for each player. Additionally, each game will include a recap story for those that could not attend but still wish to follow along. … Continue reading Athletic department unveils new website
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