WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — The Palm Beach Atlantic University tennis head coach is out of a job after he was arrested earlier this month on a felony charge.

Carlos Cardona, 39, was arrested June 7 by the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office.

According to Pasco County jail records, Cardona was arrested for felony sexual assault and burglary with simple assault.

PBAU spokesman John Sizemore said Monday that Cardona “is no longer employed by the university.” When WPTV asked if Cardona was fired following his arrest, Sizemore didn’t say.

“As a matter of policy, Palm Beach Atlantic University does not comment on specific personnel matters,” Sizemore told WPTV. “However, I can tell you that a search for a new head tennis coach is ongoing.”


Palm Beach Atlantic University is home to the Sailfish.

A report from the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office said Cardona entered the woman’s home through an unlocked back sliding door around 3 a.m. on June 4 and sexually assaulted her.

According to the report, Cardona admitted to being home an hour earlier and intentionally leaving the door unlocked “with the intention of returning home after the victim fell asleep.”

The report went on to say that Cardona admitted to sexually assaulting her “but said he was unable to have sex with her because she resisted his attempts.”

Cardona was arrested three days later at a Walmart in New Port Richey, about 30 miles north of Tampa.

Pasco County jail records show Cardona spent 12 days behind bars before he was released on June 18 on $200,000 bail.

Cardona had been hired by the private Christian University in downtown West Palm Beach in August 2021. In his only season at PBAU, the Sailfish were 6-9.

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