Carlos Palacio Named New Head Women's Basketball Coach at PBA

Written By: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for Athletic Communications

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- Palm Beach Atlantic University Director of Athletics, Carolyn Stone announced on Friday, July 6th the official hiring of Carlos Palacio to the position of head women’s basketball coach. A person with both PBA ties and to that of the local community, Coach Palacio is an alumnus of the University while also having led Lake Worth Christian School to a FHSAA State Championship as a coach at the high school level.

Palacio takes over the women’s basketball program at PBA following a two-year coaching stint from Clarisse Garcia who accepted an assistant coaching position at the University of Alabama in May.

 The search committee charged with finding the next leader of the Sailfish was blessed with many fine candidates however Palacio proved to be the clear choice as the right person for the job according to Stone.

“We are thrilled to welcome Carlos to the Sailfish Athletic Department,” Stone said. “His passion for basketball coupled with his understanding of Palm Beach Atlantic and the South Florida culture will be a tremendous asset to our program.”

Palacio first walked the sidewalks of Palm Beach Atlantic as a student, earning his bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education from the University in 2002.

From there he would go on to establish his career in coaching both at the high school level and through elite travel programs in Palm Beach County as he hoped to one day reach the collegiate coaching ranks.

“I am grateful to the University leadership at PBA for this opportunity,” Palacio said. “I have watched the women’s basketball program closely since I graduated and I am looking forward to the challenges of taking the program to the next level.”

His tenure at Lake Worth Christian School began during the 2004-05 season where he helped lead the Defenders to their first of five straight trips to the Florida State Championship series. This track record of success saw his teams’ average nearly 20 wins a season and culminated with a FHSAA State title in 2008-09.

During this span Palacio coached 11 All-Area selections while also familiarizing himself with the college recruiting scene by seeing a number of his players reach their goals of playing basketball at the next level.

For his efforts at Lake Worth Christian, Palacio was named the Coach of the Year by both the Palm Beach Post and Sun-Sentinel newspapers while leading his squad to their first-ever No. 1 state ranking by multiple publications.

Looking to prepare for a potential collegiate coaching opportunity, Coach Palacio moved on to the next phase of his career by establishing the D1 Elite Girls exposure program in 2010 as he was able to coach some of the top young talent in the area within the travel basketball realm.

Palacio will be taking over the Sailfish who finished last season with a record of 7-19.

A father of two, Trent and Kolbie, Carlos is married to another PBA alumnus in wife, Tara “Curtis” Palacio.

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