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Cantave Excited To Begin Mercy Coaching Career

DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. -- Taneisha Cantave graduated from Sacred Heart University with her bachelor’s degree in social work and began her professional career.

However, Cantave still had a love for sports.

The Suffern High School graduate and former volleyball and track and field standout went into coaching. Cantave coached high school and club volleyball and high school track and field. Now, Cantave has taken a giant step up by becoming the new Mercy College women’s volleyball coach.

Cantave will debut with her team Sept. 4 at Bloomfield College.

“I love the sport of volleyball and honestly can’t imagine myself not playing or teaching it,” said Cantave, who is pursing her master’s degree in counseling. “I also have a passion for making change and I believe that athletics helps build well-rounded adults.

“Looking back, I couldn’t have imagined how far I would take the sport and living my dream is such an incredible feeling. I am beyond excited and thankful for the upcoming season.”

Cantave has coached volleyball at Holy Child and was the Woodlands’ varsity coach the last two years. Cantave also created her own club team -- the Westchester Pride. The 27-year-old is prepared for the college challenge based on her previous coaching experience.

“I have been exposed to all levels of play and I have always been open to change,” Cantave said. “I believe I have had wonderful mentors/teachers. By picking a little piece of information from each person I encountered, I know I have a lot to offer.”

Cantave will have a lot to offer local volleyball players. Her knowledge of Westchester, Rockland and Bergen (N.J.) counties will enable her recruit the area and give players an opportunity to play volleyball close to home.

The players and coach met once Cantave got the job. Cantave was very happy with the initial meeting and the approach.

“The girls have worked extremely well during preseason and have adapted well to the changes I made,” Cantave said. “I truly believe the best is yet to come.”

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