Stephen Tempone is in his second season as head coach of the PBA men's lacrosse program after a 4-12 season in 2017 in the program's inaugural year.
The Sailfish picked up their first win in program history on Feb. 16 in Pensacola, Fla. as they defeated Montevallo 10-9 in overtime. The Sailfish also picked up non-conference wins against Dominican and Emmanuel on the season and picked up their first Sunshine State Conference victory on March 17 over Embry-Riddle.
Tempone comes to PBA after serving at his alma mater – New York Institute of Technology – since 2013. He was the offensive coordinator at NYIT where he led the team to a 13-5 record and a trip to the NCAA Tournament. The offense ranked 10th in D2 with 13.33 goals per game in 2016 and were 7th in 2015 at 13.38 goals per game.
“I am pleased to welcome Coach Tempone to the Sailfish family,” said Stone. “Sailfish men’s lacrosse has had a long history at PBA as a club sport, and our goal is to build on the legacy of what has been established. Stephen understands clearly the mission of developing Christian game-changers and will continue to infuse the culture of winning the PBA way by recruiting student-athletes who are hungry to excel in faith, intellect, and sport.”
Tempone will take the reins of the brand new program that is set to begin competition in the spring of 2018. The initial year will be spent recruiting student-athletes as well as preparing a schedule and gathering equipment needed to run a program.
“I would like to thank President Fleming, Carolyn Stone and the rest of the PBA family for this amazing opportunity,” said Tempone. “It is an honor to be the first varsity coach at such a unique place. I am truly humbled and blessed to guide student-athletes along their journey academically, spiritually and athletically at Palm Beach Atlantic University. I look forward to bringing a fast-paced, constant pressure style of play with me to PBA and build off the success of the club program.”
A veteran coach of 13 years, Tempone has previously served as the head coach of Holy Trinity Diocesan High School in Hicksville, N.Y. as well as an assistant coach at Molloy College. He led Holy Trinity to a catholic league state championship in 2011.
A standout on the field at NYIT, he set an NCAA record for the most goals scored in a championship game with six as NYIT captured their first national championship in 1997. He previously attended Nassau Community College where he was named all-region attack and to the all-JUCO team in 1995.
Palm Beach Atlantic is a provisional member of the Sunshine State Conference and anticipates full membership prior to the 2017-18 academic year.
Matt Bellando is in his second season as an assistant coach for the Sailfish men's lacrosse program.
Bellando played collegiately for both Long Island University Post and Stony Brook where he amassed 119 goals during his four years including 92 at LIU Post. He was a two-time All-ECC performer for the Pioneers while also being named the ECC Championship Most Outstanding Player as LIU Post won the ECC Championship in 2016. The Pioneers also were champions in 2015, defeating New York Tech both years. A South Florida native, Bellando attended Saint Andrew's School where he was a three-time Palm Beach Post Boy's Lacrosse Player of the Year as the Scots won three FHSAA Championships. He was also named the Florida Daily Farmer Player of the Year in both 2009 and 2010. He spent the 2017 season on staff at LIU Post as the offensive coordinator where he created game and practice plans as well as worked with player development. He was a member of the Florida Launch during the 2017 season.
Jesse Vanatta is in his second season as an assistant coach for the Sailfish men's lacrosse program.
A PBA graduate in 2013, Vanatta was a three-year captain of the club team and was selected as an all-conference performer. He helped guide the team to their first-ever conference championship appearance as a player in 2010 and to their first national championship tournament appearance as a coach in 2013. Since graduating, he's served as the defensive coordinator for the club team and assisted with administrative duties including game planning, scheduling, travel and equipment. In addition to his work at PBA he was part of FCA Lacrosse South Florida from 2013-17 and has worked with the Florida Launch of Major League Lacrosse since 2014.
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