Interim President William M. B. Fleming, Jr. today announced the appointment of Carolyn S. Stone as Palm Beach Atlantic University’s new Director of Athletics. Stone succeeds Bob White, who will focus on his position as the University’s Hall of Fame women’s volleyball coach on the advice of his physician.
Stone, a native and resident of North Palm Beach, brings more than 20 years of professional experience in sport management and administration. Presently, she serves as parks and facilities manager for the Village of North Palm Beach Parks and Recreation, a post she has held since 2008. Previously, she served the Town of Palm Beach and the City of Palm Beach Gardens in recreation and facilities leadership roles.
During the 1990s, she served as Palm Beach Atlantic University’s first Campus Recreation Director and later as Director of Institutional Research and Effectiveness. In addition, she was employed as an adjunct faculty member for the physical education and organizational management departments from 1996 until 2008.
“Carolyn’s extensive experience, commitment to the University’s core values and her leadership abilities make her the ideal candidate as Palm Beach Atlantic’s next athletic director,” President Fleming said. “Her broad knowledge and experience with the community is an additional asset as the University expands its athletic and recreational programs through the Rinker Athletic Campus.”
“To serve as Palm Beach Atlantic’s Director of Athletics is a tremendous honor for me,” Stone said. “I believe so strongly in the University’s mission and am extremely excited about the opportunities and synergies the Rinker Athletic Campus will provide in our community. President Fleming’s leadership and direction make it an ideal time to rejoin the Sailfish.”
Stone will manage the University’s athletic department, which consists of 10 intercollegiate sports for men and women competing in the NCAA Division II and the NCCAA, the National Christian Collegiate Athletic Association. She will serve on the President’s Cabinet and work with senior administrators on construction of the Marshall and Vera Lea Rinker Athletic Campus. In addition, she will assume leadership of the Campus Recreation Department.
She holds a master of education degree from the University of Georgia and a bachelor of science degree from the University of Florida, concentrating in sport management and business administration.
A certified coach, Stone is a member of the National Youth Sports Coaches Association. She is a member of and competitor in the USA Triathlon Association. She serves on the board of MacArthur Beach State Park and was president of the Junior League of the Palm Beaches from 2004 to 2005. She is a member of the Alpha Chi Omega Alumni Association.
She has been married to Ed Stone for 15 years. They are parents to two sons, Jack, 12, and Luke, 10. She is a lifetime member of St. Clare Catholic Church in North Palm Beach and volunteers with the Diocese of Palm Beach Office of Family Life.
Bob White joined the University’s Athletic Department in 2002 as the head volleyball coach and assistant athletic director for facilities and compliance, coming from Tennessee Temple University where he turned the volleyball program around. He moved into the athletic director’s role in 2004 and served in both capacities for three years. In 2007, White focused solely as Director of Athletics then, in 2010, he resumed his coaching responsibilities.
“In March, I will celebrate my 10 year journey at PBA,” White said. “Soon after I arrived, the Lord revealed to me my purpose as a coach and administrator: ‘That all may be encouraged in heart and united in love’ (Col. 2:2). Though my unexpected medical journey has changed my path, my purpose remains the same. I am especially excited and grateful to work with coaches, student athletes and the PBA community to develop and implement new opportunities for spiritual formation within athletics.”
During his coaching tenure with the Sailfish, White has compiled a 215-59 (.784 winning percentage) overall record, including six National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) regional championships and a national championship in 2004. His 200th career win came during the 2011 season. He holds the distinction as PBA’s all-time volleyball coaching leader in winning percentage, including an average of more than 30 wins a season.
“Bob has served Palm Beach Atlantic with distinction as a faithful leader, coach and mentor of young people,” President Fleming said. “The model of a willing servant, Bob has responded enthusiastically to every role he’s been asked to serve at the University. I am delighted that he can now focus his energies as a teacher, game strategist and spiritual mentor.
”He will provide leadership for exciting new spiritual growth opportunities for student athletes in areas such as Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), mission service and Bible study,” President Fleming said.
As an administrator, White played a key role in the athletic department’s transition from NAIA membership to NCAA Division II. Due to his efforts, the final year of NCAA provisional status was waived, only the third institution granted that distinction. He was instrumental in the hire many new accomplished coaches, including Major League Baseball’s Gary Carter and Kent Bottenfield.
White has spearheaded the University’s athletics missions program. Working with Go All Sports Missions/Score International, White led or organized mission trips to Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, France, Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland, Germany, Puerto Rico, Jamaica and Bolivia. Through his volleyball relationships in Costa Rica, White was invited to serve as an assistant coach for the Costa Rica National Team as they competed in the FIVB World Championship qualifying tournament in 2009.
In 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. Later that year, Palm Beach Atlantic inducted him into its Sports Hall of Fame, the first coach ever to receive the honor.
A Maryland native, White graduated from Pensacola Christian College in 1990 while earning his master’s degree in organizational leadership from Palm Beach Atlantic in 2004. A resident of Palm Beach Gardens, White and his wife Robin, have two children, Robbe and Lauryn.