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October 31, 2014

Sports Hall of Fame

 

Robert Pregnolato '99

    Robert Pregnolato

Robert Pregnolato, a native of Montreal, Canada, suited up for the Sailfish from 1996-1999 while pursuing a degree in finance. He 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 senior season, 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 more than 10 years of financial service experience in retail banking, small business banking, mortgage lending and retail management.

He lives in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. with his wife Tara, a PBA alumna.

 


 

Dana Manatos '02

Dana Manatos

Dana Manatos, a native of Pittsburgh, Pa., was a member of the Sailfish women’s soccer team from 1999-02 while pursuing a bachelor’s degree in business administration. Manatos was a Florida Sun All-Conference forward for the Sailfish who never missed a game in her four-year career. Her playing career included program records for total assists (48) while finishing fifth in program history for career goals (35) and total points (118 points).

Manatos serves as vice president of operations for Edward Marc Chocolatier based in Pittsburgh with 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. She 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, and in 2005, she was promoted to associate director of public liaison. She now resides in Bethesda, Md. with her husband Tom and their two children, Andrew, and Alexis.

 


 

Leslie Walker Heinrichs '99

Former Sailfish volleyball player Leslie Walker Heinrichs graduated from PBA with a degree in communications, and a minor in physical education. After graduation, she worked at the Palm Beach County United Way as a loaned executive.  Walker Heinrichs then married Herb Heinrichs, Jr.; they have three children and reside in Delaware. She has been a home-school teacher to their children for more than five years; a Sunday school teacher for preschool to college age students; a youth leader; and assistant volleyball coach to local home-school team. She and her husband are currently working with their local community to raise funds to start Saddle Hearts Ranch, a nonprofit Christian ranch that will provide a safe family structured home for abused and neglected children from birth to age 20.

 

 


 

Marjorie Vital-Herne, '02

 

Marjorie "Jo-Jo" Vital-Herne was a four-year standout women's basketball player at PBA (1999-2002). She became the first women's basketball player ever enshrined into the PBA Sports Hall of Fame on Nov. 20, 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 obtained her master's degree in Social Work from Barry University in Miami Shores, Fla. She is mental health specialist, wife and mother.

 


 

Miguel Lemming, '04/'06

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 (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 Nov. 20, 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 to 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 later earned his master's degree in Business Administration from the university before pursuing a career in business.

 


 

Willie Gibson, Jr. ’73
Willie Gibson, Jr.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.

 



Jackie Stanley ’04/’05
Jackie StanleyDuring 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.
 


 

Coach Bob White, ’04 MS

Bob WhiteBob 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 '03
Angela MagnottaDuring 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 '99
Nick PrioloAs 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 '99-'02
Carlos CajigasA 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 '00
Jim HarwoodJim 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 head varsity basketball coach. He lives in West Palm Beach with his wife, Summer Bauckman Harwood '01.
 



Jennifer Wren '96
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 '88
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 '82
Curtis Lynch is now a high-school science teacher and soccer coach at Sarasota Christian School the past 11 years, winning a pair of divisional and district titles while amassing over 100 victories. In 1996 he was named Who's Who Among America's Teachers. He is the Founder and Director of the Sarasota Christian School soccer camp and coaches at several other camps throughout the United States. He and his wife, Pamela, have a son and they attend Woodland Baptist Church.

 



Jennifer Brecht Bowen '91
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 '87
Jay McCormick was 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 '94
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 '84
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.  

 

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