Carolyn Stone began her tenure as the Palm Beach Atlantic University Director of Athletics in January of 2012. A native and resident of North Palm Beach, Stone has over 20 years of professional experience in sports management and administration.
Since her appointment as Director of Athletics, Stone has led the charge on two significant initiatives – the development of the 80 acre- $20 million Rinker Athletic Campus and obtaining provisional membership into the Sunshine State Conference beginning July 1, 2014.
In addition to these milestones, Stone also has grown the athletic program from 150 student-athletes to 200 and increased sport offerings to 12 with the addition of men’s and women’s golf programs for the 2013-14 academic year. The department will continue to grow under Stone’s leadership to 17 sports with the addition of men’s and women’s distance track and men’s and women’s lacrosse by fall 2017 as a part of the Sunshine State Conference initiative.
“Creating a meaningful and impactful student-athlete experience is at the heart of all we do in Sailfish Athletics,” said Stone. “Our goal is create men and women of character who will feel a tremendous sense of personal responsibility for not only the ones they love, but for folks they haven’t even met yet. Our world is in desperate need of strong leaders who are critical thinkers and motivators. Our hope is that we are instilling these traits in our students and sending them out into the world to improve it. I believe the Division II experience creates the environment in which to do this and our staff clearly believes in this vision.”
Stone manages the University’s Athletic Department as members of NCAA Division II while also overseeing the Campus Recreation programs. She serves on the President’s Cabinet and works with senior administrators on a host of University issues including contributions to the enrollment revenue management system (ERMS) and crisis management team (CMT).
During the Fall 2015 semester the Sailfish had one of their most successful runs as the men’s soccer team qualified for the NCAA Tournament for the first time and advanced to the Elite Eight round. The team entered the tournament as the top seed in the South Regional and hosted both the regional and super regional tournaments and finished the season ranked No. 5 after climbing to No. 4 during the season.
In addition the volleyball team made their own historic run, advancing to the NCAA Championship Match before falling to Wheeling Jesuit, finishing as the first NCAA National Runner-Up in school history. The team hosted the NCAA South Regional Tournament for the first time and also won the tournament for the first time. They finished the year ranked No. 2 by the AVCA. The volleyball team has made four straight trips to the NCAA Regional through 2015.
A total of nine All-Americans and two CoSIDA Academic All-Americans were named during the historic semester. The success is not just limited to this year with PBA receiving 15 All-American honors.
Stone has served as a mentor in the NCAA Pathway Program, providing guidance to future leaders in intercollegiate athletics while preparing them to takeover as an athletic director someday. The program is a year-long commitment to providing guidance that culminates during the NCAA Convention in January.
During her tenure Stone has witnessed the Sailfish softball team also make their way into the NCAA Tournament with their second-ever trip to the NCAA postseason in 2014, earning a trip to the South Regional in Tampa.
A total of five teams (volleyball, softball, men’s soccer, men’s tennis and women’s tennis) have been recognized as nationally-ranked by their respective governing bodies during Stone’s tenure in Athletics.
In addition to success found on the playing field the PBA Athletic Department has continued to receive high marks in the classroom as evidenced by a record-high of a 3.19 cumulative departmental grade-point average during the 2013-14 academic year.
During the 1990s, she served as Palm Beach Atlantic’s first Director of Campus Recreation 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.
She has also gained administrative experience in the realm of parks and recreation with the City of Palm Beach Gardens, Town of Palm Beach and the Village of North Palm Beach. Stone has volunteered her time additionally over the past two decades by coaching youth sports as she shared her passion for health and fitness.
Stone serves on the National Association of Collegiate Directors Association Division II Board of Directors (NACDA D2ADA), the Palm Beach County Sports Commission Board of Directors and has presented for the NCAA Division II New AD orientation panel at the NCAA national conference.
She holds a master’s degree in Education from the University of Georgia and a bachelor’s of science degree from the University of Florida, concentrating in Sports Management and Business Administration.
In her spare time, Stone is a member of and an amateur competitor in the United States Triathlon Association (USTA) while competing in distances from sprint to half-ironman. She enjoys swimming, cycling, running, paddle boarding, golf and tennis.
Carolyn and her husband Ed are parents to two sons, Jack and Luke. 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. She is a sustaining member and Past President of the Junior League of the Palm Beaches.