Hall of Fame
The Palm Beach Atlantic University Sports Hall of Fame is located on the second level of the Greene Complex for Sports and Recreation where some of the greatest players and coaches ever to participate in athletics are forever enshrined and recognized for their memorable accomplishments. As a part of Homecoming each year, new inductees are added to this exclusive listing and their plaques are hung for future generations of Sailfish fans and supporters to see each and every time they return to campus. Below are the members of the Sports Hall of Fame and a small background on each.
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Ashley “Jones” Capps- It is only fitting that the most decorated PBA softball player in the history of the program becomes the first softball player inducted into the PBA Sports Hall of Fame.
Jones completed a spectacular four-year run with the Sailfish softball program that saw her claim 23 program records as she competed from 2007-10 for head coach Kimmy Bloemers.
The most noteworthy statistical marks in her outstanding career include the all-time Sailfish softball record for career wins (73), strikeouts (979), innings pitched (799), shutouts (33) and earned-run average (1.37).
The best season for Jones would come as a senior in 2010 as she led a memorable charge to the NCAA Regional final while ranking in the nation’s top-10 in earned-run average (1.05, 7th) and total strikeouts (309, 8th) within the NCAA Division II ranks.
Her dominant pitching style led her to being the first PBA softball player named an All-American in the NCAA-era while also claiming NCCAA National Pitcher of the Year honors.
Not only an accomplished performer on the diamond Jones also found high-levels of success as a student as evidenced by her being named the Outstanding Graduate for Elementary Education as a senior.
Prior to suiting up for the ‘Fish, Jones competed at Jensen Beach High School where she would also eventually serve as a pitching coach for her alma mater from 2011-13.
Married to husband Josh Capps in the summer of 2015, Ashley has worked as a first or second grade teacher at Bessey Creek Elementary School in nearby Palm City, Fla. since her graduation. She was named the Bessey Creek Teacher of the Year for the 2013-14 academic year.
Cheyne Roberts- A versatile and explosive player during his four-year tenure (2006-09) roaming the field for the Palm Beach Atlantic men’s soccer team, Cheyne Roberts becomes the third men’s soccer standout to be inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame joining Miguel Lemming and Curtis Lynch.
The Roberts family has a long and storied history within the men’s soccer program as Cheyne has been joined by two of his brothers as members of the team. Older brother Caleb Roberts played for the ‘Fish from 2005-08 while younger brother Cameron began his PBA journey for the 2012 season. Cheyne’s oldest brother Clay also served as an assistant coach for PBA under former head coach Jose Gomez.
Roberts was a highly-decorated player during his tenure on the pitch as he was named to the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) All-American team each of his four seasons while earning PBA’s first NCAA All-Region distinction as a junior and senior.
His accolades also included being named the Most Outstanding Offensive and Defensive Player in successive seasons at the NCCAA National Tournament as a freshman and sophomore while earning the prestigious Kyle Rote Jr. Award by the NCCAA following his senior campaign.
Not just an accomplished athlete Roberts also shined in the classroom as a Rinker School of Business graduate while being named a Scholar All-American by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) as a senior.
A native of Plant City, Fla. Roberts competed for Plant City High School before moving on to PBA. Following his collegiate playing career he would move on to compete in the professional ranks for the Charlotte Eagles of the United Soccer League (USL).
Following his professional playing career Roberts spent time as an assistant coach at Palm Beach Atlantic before being named the head coach and Executive Director of the Ocala Stampede, a club program in the Premier Development League (PDL).
Gary Carter- The Palm Beach Atlantic University baseball program will forever be indebted to the impact, service and legacy left behind by former head coach and Major League Baseball
(MLB) Hall of Famer, Gary Carter. He was inducted posthumously to the PBA Sports Hall of Fame on April 25, 2015 while his No. 8 jersey was also officially retired by the program.
Carter closed out a remarkable life spent leaving his unforgettable imprint on those he interacted with as a world class athlete, respected coach, kind-hearted humanitarian, as well as being a loving husband, father and grandfather.
Known for his incredible enthusiasm and unyielding faith in Christ, Carter went to be with the Lord on February 16, 2012 following a nearly nine-month battle with brain cancer. He was 57 years old.
Following a brilliant 19-year playing career with the Montreal Expos, New York Mets, San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers, Carter would go on to earn the ultimate baseball honor by being enshrined into the MLB Hall of Fame in 2003.
A Palm Beach County resident since 1982, Carter returned home in October, 2009 to take the reins of a struggling PBA baseball team where he quickly helped turn the program into a winner. Winners of just seven regular season games the year before his arrival, Carter coached the Sailfish to 17 wins in his first season followed by 27 wins in his second campaign on the PBA bench in 2011.
Then Athletic Director Bob White announced the hiring of Carter to the PBA head coaching post on Oct. 13, 2009 as he joined Tony Gwynn (San Diego State University) as the only active members of the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame to embark on a coaching career in the collegiate ranks.
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Carter took over the head coaching responsibilities at PBA after a successful stint as the Long Island Ducks manager for the 2009 season. An independent team of the Atlantic League, Carter led the Ducks to a Second-Half Liberty Division regular season championship before leading the team all the way to the Atlantic League Championship series, the first postseason appearance for the team since 2004.
Carter spent his first 11 seasons in the big leagues with the Montreal Expos (1974-1984) where he accumulated some of the most impressive overall statistics ever compiled by a catcher. After finishing second in the Rookie of the Year voting after the 1975 season, Carter went on to lead the Expos to the franchise’s lone postseason appearance in 1981.
In 1980, Carter finished runner-up in the National League Most Valuable Player voting in while starting a string of three consecutive years in which he was awarded a Gold Glove (1980-1982). The California native was named the MVP of the All-Star Game in 1981 and again in 1984, and later that season was acquired in a trade by the New York Mets.
“The Kid” was a part of two National League East Division winners in Queens, as the Mets enjoyed the most successful five-year period in franchise history with Carter as their backstop. His two-out, two-strike base hit sparked the Mets’ three-run rally in the bottom of the 10th inning in Game Six of the 1986 World Series, while his two home runs and nine RBI in the series paced the Amazin’s to their second world title.
Following his time with New York, Carter spent a season each with the San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers before finishing out his 19-year career in 1992 with one more season in Montreal. All told, Carter appeared in 11 All-Star Games, including 10 straight from 1979-1988, and won five NL Silver Slugger Awards in addition to his Gold Gloves.
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Carter began work as a broadcaster with the Florida Marlins in 1993 and spent four seasons as the Marlins television color commentator. Feeling a strong pull to get back on the field in a teaching capacity, Carter returned to the field as a roving catching instructor for the Mets organization.
He then began a second career in baseball as a manager, and, like he did in his playing days, he would have immediate success. He was named Gulf Coast League and Florida State League Manager of the Year in 2005 and 2006, respectively, and won the Florida State League championship in 2006 with the St. Lucie Mets. In 2008, Carter helmed the Orange County Flyers to a championship in the Golden Baseball League, and was named that league’s Manager of the Year as well.
Beyond his work on the baseball field, Carter also had a passion for giving back to the community and blessing others through the work of his foundation, The Gary Carter Foundation. This non-profit organization eagerly works toward providing funds, supplies, and time to local elementary schools as well as other charitable causes.
Married to wife Sandy for 37 years, the Carters first made their way to West Palm Beach when Gary was a member of the Expos and the Montreal-based team made West Palm Beach their Spring Training home. The family then made Palm Beach County their permanent home.
A father to three -- daughters Christy and Kimmy along with son D.J. -- the Carters also have three grandchildren. Daughter Kimmy has been the head softball coach at PBA since 2006.
Dana "Edwards" Manatos- A member of the Sailfish women’s soccer team from 1999-02, Edwards completed a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.
A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and a graduate of Hampton High School, Manatos was a Florida Sun All-Conference forward for the Sailfish who never missed a game in her four-year career.
Her best season came as a sophomore during the 2000 season when she helped lead her team to the NAIA National Championship Tournament thanks to a record-breaking season of 21 assists to go along with 17 goals for the ‘Fish who finished a remarkable 20-4 on the season.
Manatos’ playing career included program records for total assists (48) while finishing fifth in program history for career goals (35) and total points (118 points).
Today Manatos serves as Vice President of Operations for Edward Marc Chocolatier based in Pittsburgh. She is acknowledged for transforming the 99-year old company from regional prominence into a nationally recognized brand. As the fourth generation of the family to lead the company, the business was re-launched and expanded into a national affordable, luxury brand in 2007. Edward Marc Chocolatier has three retail locations as well as its signature division, The Milk Shake Factory, an old-fashioned ice cream parlor that specializes in 55 flavors of milkshakes. Dana created The Milk Shake Factory during her time at Palm Beach Atlantic while working on a class project.
Prior to working at Edward Marc, Manatos began her career with President George W. Bush at The White House in 2003. As Senior Trip Coordinator in the Office of Presidential Advance, Manatos was responsible for coordinating and organizing all logistics for Presidential travel both domestically and internationally. In 2005, she was promoted to Associate Director of Public Liaison. Her primary responsibility was to highlight the President’s message and participate in ongoing outreach to various constituent groups to create coalitions and gather issue-based support.
She now resides in Bethesda, Maryland with her husband Tom and their two children, Andrew and Alexis.
Robert Pregnolato- Originally a native of Montreal, Canada before moving to South Florida to enroll at Palm Beach Atlantic, Robert suitied up for the Sailfish from 1996-1999 while pursuing a degree in Finance. Pregnolato saw his name fill the PBA baseball record book as a four-year starting outfielder under head coach Kyle Forbes.
Known as a five-tool player on the diamond, Pregnolato would lead the nation (NAIA) with 72 stolen bases as a senior while eventually compiling PBA career records in hits (236), runs scored (218), doubles (54) and stolen bases (129).
Following his outstanding senior season where he was named to the Florida Sun All-Conference team, Pregnolato was drafted in the 30th round of the Major League Baseball (MLB) draft by the Milwaukee Brewers. He spent three seasons playing professional baseball in the Brewers organization before sustaining a career-ending injury.
Much like his success in his sport Pregnolato has also found a promising career after baseball.
Now a Retail Market Manager for TD Bank, Pregnolato oversees the Treasure Coast and Heartland regions in Florida and has over ten years of financial service experience in retail banking, small business banking, mortgage lending and retail management.
Robert currently sits on the board of VISTE (Volunteers in Service to the Elderly) and the US GenNext group, leading the volunteerism team for Florida. He also volunteers his time with Habitat for Humanity, United Way, Special Olympics and Peggy Adams Animal Rescue.
After living in other parts of the state for his career he has recently returned to make his home in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. with his wife Tara whom he met at PBA and is also an alumnus of the University.
Leslie "Walker" Heinrichs- A standout volleyball player for the Sailfish from 1995-98, Heinrichs becomes the fifth PBA volleyball player to be inducted in the Sports Hall of Fame as she joins Stefanie Vavich, Jennifer Brecht Brown, Jennifer Wren and Jackie Stanley in this prestigious group.
Heinrichs spent her time in a Sailfish uniform as one of the most consistent and decorated student-athletes to ever suit up in the Blue and White. At the end of her four-year career, Heinrichs had accumulated program records in two key statistical categories of kills (2,220) and digs (1,910) while also finishing in the top-10 all-time for the program in blocks.
Her impressive play led her to accolades from both the Florida Sun Conference and the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) as an All-Region selection. She was also named the PBA Female Athlete of the Year in 1996 and Team MVP as a senior in 1998.
A Communications major with a minor in Physical Education, Heinrichs graduated in 1999 and then went on to work at Palm Beach County United Way as a loaned executive.
Heinrichs married PBA alumnus Herbert Heinrichs Jr. with the couple having three children: Mackenzie, Makayla and Maxwell. They now live in Delaware where they are currently raising funds to start a non-profit working Christian ranch that will provide a safe, family-structured home for at-risk children from birth through 20 years of age.
She has home-schooled her oldest daughter for the past several years in addition to serving her church as a Sunday school teacher, youth leader and small group leader. She also stays active with volleyball by serving as an assistant coach to the local home-school team.
Marjorie "Jo-Jo" Vital-Herne- A four-year standout women's basketball player at PBA from 1999-2003, Jo-Jo Vital-Herne became the first women's basketball player ever enshrined into the PBA Sports Hall of Fame on November 20th, 2010.
The program's all-time leading scorer with 1,127 career points, Vital-Herne also holds career marks for the Lady Sailfish in total rebounds, blocked shots, and games played. A four-time All-Conference selection by the Florida Sun Conference during her playing days with the Sailfish, Vital-Herne firmly established herself as one of the top players to ever wear the Lady Sailfish basketball uniform.
After graduation, Vital-Herne would go on to obtain her Master's degree in Social Work from Barry University in Miami Shores, Florida where she would then go on to become a mental health specialist and begin a family.
Miguel Lemming- A native of Zimbabwe, Miguel Lemming would come to the United States after beginning his soccer career playing for the Zimbabwe National Team. After a four-year playing career with the Sailfish men's soccer team from 2001-2004, Lemming would firmly establish himself as one of the best ever to suit up for the Fish. He was enshrined into the PBA Sports Hall-of-Fame on November 20th, 2010.
An All-Conference 1st-Team selection as a freshman in 2001, Lemming would make an immediate impact as an offensive star for PBA while being named the PBA Male Athlete Newcomer of the Year for the 2001-2002 season. Totaling 37 goals and 22 assists for 96 career points, Lemming performed at a high level for four seasons wearing the Blue and White.
After completing his undergraduate degree at PBA, Lemming would then go on to earn his Master's degree in Business Administration from the University before pursuing a career in business.
Jackie Stanley- During her four years on PBA’s volleyball team, Jackie Stanley excelled on the court, amassing an impressive list of recognitions in the process: second all-time in kills (2,131), NAIA third team All-American (2002), Florida Sun Conference Player of the Year (2002), NCCAA All-Region (2001–2004), NCCAA first team All-American (2003–2004), NCCAA National Player of the Year (2004) and PBA Female Athlete of the Year (2005).
After earning a bachelor’s in business management, Stanley enrolled in the Master of Business Administration program at PBA. Following graduation, Stanley put her business skills to work on behalf of PBA athletics as a budget manager and assistant women’s volleyball coach.
In June 2006 Stanley left PBA for mission work at an orphanage in Cochabamba, Bolivia. Since her return she attends First Presbyterian Church in North Palm Beach, where she has taken part in missions to the Dominican Republic and Cuba. Stanley works as a business manager with Wireless to Go in Palm Beach Gardens.
Willie Gibson- For 35 years, Willie Gibson has invested his life in coaching and teaching generations of Palm Beach County high school students. The majority of those years have been spent at Santaluces Community High School in Lantana (1982–2008), where he taught physical education, coached boys varsity basketball and served as athletic director. Ready to retire in 2008, he was convinced to stay on as head coach of the basketball team.
Gibson’s career statistics reveal a man who brought out the best in his players and earned the respect of peers along the way. He was awarded Coach of the Year honors 13 times. He led his teams to district championships nine times and to the state tournament final four in 1986. Gibson was inducted into the Palm Beach County Sports Hall of Fame in 1998 and was recognized again in 2009, this time as the Andrews-Ceravolo High School Basketball Men’s Coach of the Year.
Gibson earned a bachelor’s in behavioral studies from PBA. He and his wife, Martha, have two children: LaToya Gibson Dixon and Machod Gibson.
Bob White- Bob White joined the Palm Beach Atlantic University athletic department in 2002 as the head volleyball coach and assistant athletic director for facilities and compliance. In 2004 he was named athletic director. He is PBA's all-time coaching leader in wins and winning percentages. In May 2008 he was inducted into the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) Hall of Fame for his service and success as a collegiate volleyball coach. White graduated from Pensacola Christian College in 1990. In 2004 he earned his master's in organizational leadership from PBA. He and his wife, Robin, have two children, Robbe and Lauryn. The family resides in Palm Beach Gardens.
Angela Magnotta Finnegan- During her years at PBA, Angela Magnotta excelled on and off the field. A member of the women's soccer team, she earned NAIA Third Team All-American honors in 2002 and NAIA All-American Honorable Mention in 2000. Academically she was on the National Deans List and was a USAA All-American Scholar and a Student Leader of the Year nominee. Today, Magnotta is the program director of Denver Rescue Mission, Champa House, a Christian-based transitional house for single women with children in Denver, Colo. Magnotta has a bachelor's in psychology from PBA and a bachelor's in communication from Torchbearers Bible School in Austria. She lives in Littleton, Colo. with her husband Matthew Finnegan '01.
Nick Priolo- As a pitcher for PBA's baseball team in the 1990's, Nick Priolo broke records that still stand. He is PBA's all-time winning pitcher and holds career records in strikeouts and complete games. Today, Priolo works in therapeutic recreation for the Palm Beach County Parks & Recreation department. His area of concentration is programming and events for people with disabilities. Priolo holds a bachelor's in psychology and a minor in physical education, teacher education from PBA. He and his wife, Leanne, reside in Greenacres, Fla.
Carlos Cajigas- A native of San Juan, Puerto Rico, Carlos Cajigas is among the top record holders in baseball. He layed in 188 games during his collegiate career from 1996-1999, a school record. He is the career leader in home runs (37), RBI's (179), triples (9) and total bases (398). He ranks second all time in base hits with 225. Cajigas was named PBA's Team Most Valuable Player in baseball and team captain in 1997. In 1996, he finished fourth in the conference with a batting average of .391, breaking the single season record at PBA for a freshman. Cajigas graduated from the Palm Beach County Law Enforcement Academy on June 16, 2004. He received the Palm Beach County Chiefs of Police Association Overall Achievement Award for being head of his class. He is employed by the West Palm Beach Police Department in the Patrol Unit, and is currently assigned to the road patrol unit in West Palm Beach. He has a bachelor of science degree in physical education, and a master of science degree in psychology. He is married to Fernanda Chavez Cajigas '01-'05, MBA, who is an accomplished athlete as the University's all-time career leader in wins for tennis.
Jim Harwood- Jim Harwood garnered a closet full of basketball awards and honors during his tenure at PBA from 1996 through 2000. He is the University's all time career leader in steals with 191. He scored 1,845 total points during his collegiate career, ranking him second in the school's history. He scored a career high of 45 points in a single game against Webber International University in the 1997-1998 season. He was Rookie of the Year in 1997, and was awarded the Don Harp Scholarship in 1998. Twice he was named to the NAIA All-American and All-Florida Sun Conference teams. Harwood was a three time basketball team MVP and twice was named PBA Male athlete of the Year.A marketing major, Harwood was named PBA Student Leader of the Year in 2000. He serves Lake Worth Christian as its athletic director and lives in Lake Worth with his wife, Summer Bauckman Harwood '01 and their four children: Landen, Meadow, Starlie and Ryker.
Jennifer Wren- Jennifer Wren, daughter of Becki and Don Kollar, was named Palm Beach Atlantic University's Athlete of the Year in 1995 and Team Most Valuable Player (volleyball), and Team Captain in both 1995 and 1996. Wren was All-Conference all four years at PBA and also received regional honors in 1994 and 1995. She ranks first in service aces per game with a seasonal percentage of .78, first in block assists and first in total blocks, with a career of 569. Wren works in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit of the Children's Hospital of Columbus in Ohio. She has a bachelor of science degree in physical education with a minor in secondary education from Palm Beach Atlantic and master of science degree from Miami University in Ohio. Presently, she is pursuing a master's degree at Kettering College of Medical Arts, where she is studying to become a physician assistant and plans to work in pediatric emergency medicine. She attends The Vineyard Church of Columbus.
Chris Gryskiewicz- Chris Gryskiewicz is a four-year letter winner in the men's basketball program from 1984-88. He suited up in 109 games for the Sailfish. He ranks fourth all-time with 1,261 points, and is ranked fifth in field goals made. Gryskiewicz was All-Conference all fours years he was at PBA, and won the President's Athlete of the Year Award in 1988. In his four year stint as a Sailfish he was first in 3-point percentage with a .418 career, fifth in free-throws made with a career high of 218, and 178 steals.
Curtis Lynch- Curtis Lynch was a member of the inaugural soccer team at Palm Beach Atlantic in 1978. During his tenure, he was a starting player all four years, and he captained the team three of those years. He was a member of two Florida Christian College Conference championship teams in 1980 and 1981. During his senior year, he was highly recognized for his exploits as a player. In the 1981 FCCC championship game against Southeastern College, Curtis scored the winning goal in the second- half to lead PBAC to a 2-1 victory and the school’s second FCCC championship. He was named the Most Valuable Player of the FCCC and a All-FCCC first-team midfielder with 15 assists and two goals in 14 games. He was also named the MVP of the PBA soccer team and named the first recipient of the President’s Award. In 1982, he was named Assistant Coach of the PBA soccer team.
Academically, he made the Dean’s List all four years at PBA, he was named to the National Dean’s List, and he received the Victor Moore Science Award for the school’s top science student. He held one class office every year and was a resident advisor. Upon graduating, he was a finalist in a tryout with the North American Soccer League’s Tampa Bay Rowdies.
After graduating Lynch became a high school teacher and soccer coach. After a brief stint at Cardinal Mooney High School and Riverview High School, Curtis joined the coaching staff at Sarasota Christian School. He became the all-time winningest soccer coach in Sarasota Christian School history by amassing 208 wins with a winning percentage of .654 (208-104-26).
Coach Lynch's teams accomplished many milestones over the years at SCS. In 2004, he became the first coach at SCS to win a final four game and play for a state championship. His team lost to Tallahassee Maclay School 1-0 at Nova Southeastern University. SCS finished the season ranked No. 2 by the Florida Athletic Coaches Association (FACA) and was the Florida High School Activities Association (FHSAA) boys’ soccer state runner-up. His 2006 team was the first team in SCS history to be ranked No. 1 in the state by the FACA. SCS held the No. 1 ranking all season until losing to Trinity Christian in the regional final that year. His teams have been consistently ranked in the top 10 of the FACA polls.
One of his biggest accomplishments of his career was knocking off the defending state champion, Keswick Christian School, in the district championship game in 1993. In addition, he is the only team sport coach in SCS history to have a player recognized as a High School All-American. Since 2007, he had the privilege to coach 3 NSCAA High School All-American soccer players at SCS: Brent Yoder, Jared Ross, and his son, Kyle Lynch. In addition, he has made 12 appearances with his players on WWSB News 40 Athlete of the Week over the past 18 years. In 1991 and 2004 he served as an Assistant Head Coach for the West Team in the FACA All-Star game for seniors. In 2010, the National Soccer Coaches Association of America recognized him as having achieved 200 career victories as a high school boys’ coach. In 2011 after coaching for 22 years, he retired with an overall record of 240-141-39. During his high school career he had won four district championships, one regional championship, three Dodge Cup championships and two Bay Conference Divisional championships.
In 2005, he earned his Master’s Degree from Eastern Mennonite University and is currently teaching at Sarasota Christian School and the University of Phoenix.
Jennifer Brecht Brown- Jennifer Brecht Bowen is one of the most decorated players in the history of Sailfish volleyball. She was a four-time all-conference selection, leading the Sailfish to three consecutive conference championships from 1988-1990 and back-to-back conference tournament titles in her final two campaigns. She led the NCCAA in hitting percentage in each of her first two seasons and earned the Coaches Award during her junior season. During her senior year, she was the conference player of the year, District 2 Player of the Year, NCCAA all-American and NAIA District 25 Player of the Year. Bowen graduated from PBA in 1991 and is a bioremediation sampling coordinator for American Ordnance in Milan, Tenn. She coordinates efforts for sampling, removing, and treating explosive contaminated soils at the Milan Army Ammunition Plant. She also is a master's degree candidate in biological sciences at the University of Mississippi. Her husband, William Dalton, Sr., is an alumnus of the class of 1992 and is an attorney in Milan, Tenn. They have a son.
Jay McCormick- Jay McCormick, '87s a four-year letter winner in the men's basketball program from 1983-1987. He suited up in a record 120 games for the Sailfish. He ranks third all-time with 1,372 points, 495 field goals and a .565 field goal percentage. The 1984-1985 campaign was by far his best, averaging 16.8 points and 6.2 rebounds per game. McCormick graduated from PBA in 1987 and went on to teach mathematics at Wellington High. McCormick spent more than ten seasons as coach of the boys' varsity basketball team, while also coaching the girls' varsity tennis team. The Florida Athletic Coaches Association named him Coach of the Year for the 6A Division Schools in 1995-96 and 1997-98 years. The Palm Beach County Athletic Conference named him Coach of the Year for the 6A Division Schools in 1997-98. The Sun Sentinel named him Coach of the Year in 1997-98. Jay and his wife Michelle have two children. Jay passed away in 2009.
Stefanie Vavich- Stefanie Vavich, '94s PBA's undisputed leader when it comes to volleyball records. Vavich's records for kills per game, hitting percentage, solo blocks, block assists, total blocks and blocking average remain untouched. She was named an NAIA All-American in 1993-1994, and was similarly honored in her previous seasons. Vavich, who hails from Florence, Ore., attended PBA from 1989-1994. She graduated with a bachelor's degree, majoring in Physical Education with a minor in Art. A resident of Palm Beach Gardens, she is the manager and marketing director of Home Health Depot, Inc. in West Palm Beach.
Leonard Banks- Leonard Banks, who played Sailfish basketball from 1981-1984, holds the PBA record as all-time leading scorer. His career highlights includes firsts in number of field goals made (884), field goal attempts (1,574) and total points (2,034). In the 1981-1982 season, he averaged 30.4 points per game, scoring 62 points against Landmark Baptist that season. In 1984, he received an honorable mention for the All-America awards. Banks graduated from PBA in 1984, majoring in Physical Education with a minor in Psychology. He holds a master's degree in Educational Leadership and Physical Education from Nova University. Banks teaches mathematics at Gold Coast Community School in West Palm Beach. For the past 12 years, he also has been head coach of the John I. Leonard boys' basketball team.