Volleyball: Cantave Tapped As New Head Coach for Westchester Women’s Volleyball0

WCC Athletics is pleased to announce the hiring of a new coaching staff and new Head Coach for Women’s Volleyball, Taneisha Cantave.

Cantave brings a wealth of coaching experience, having served as the Girls Volleyball Coach at Woodlands High School since 2010, where she was nominated for Section One Coach of the Year. She was the Head woman’s Volleyball Coach at Mercy College from 2012-2013 before leaving to start a family. During her career, she has also served as an assistant at Nyack College, Sacred Heart University, Westchester Community College and at Our Holy Child Private Girls School. With over 20 years’ experience she is the Founder and Co- Director of the Westchester Pride Volleyball/ Track and Field Club running out of Westchester, New Jersey and Rockland County.

A two-sport student-athlete at Sacred Heart University and Suffern high school in volleyball and track and field, Cantave has garnered All-Conference, All-County, All-League, All-State and All-America awards, as well as being named the Journal News athlete of the year and participating on the Junior Olympic team (RVC). Cantave was inducted into the Track and Field Rockland County Hall of fame in 2015. She was also a standout jumper and track athlete for Suffern High School.

I am extremely excited to join the Westchester Community College family” said Cantave. “I can no wait to share my love and passion of the game with the incoming players and help them push towards a championship. With the help of determined, knowledgeable and inspirational assistant coaches, I hope to make this season one to remember. As time passes, I hope to grow into one of the top teams in this region“.

Taneisha graduated from Sacred Heart University in 2007 with a Bachelor of Arts in social work and is pursuing her masters in counseling. Cantave is CPR and First Aid Certified, Impact Certified, Safe Sport Certified, a member of USA Volleyball, Member of AAU Volleyball. AAU Track and Field and has VB and Track and Field coaching license (s). She resides in New City, N.Y With her husband Joe Payton and she has two beautiful daughters, Gabriella and Ava Payton. Cantave has been a Program Supervisor at the Mental Health Association of Rockland in Valley Cottage, N.Y. since 2009.

Cantave has brought in assistant coaches Steven Bastar, who coached volleyball at Lincoln HS in Yonkers, NY. He also coached baseball at Palasades Prep. Bastar attended WCC and was a player on the baseball team from 2005-2007. He currently also serves as a teaching assistant at Ossining HS.

Also joining the staff is Fitzroy Lawson. Fitzroy has served as an assistant volleyball coach and JV head coach at Keio Academy since 2015. He earned his associate’s degree of Math and Science at WCC in 2016. He then went on to graduate from the College of Mount Saint Vincent with a degree in Biochemistry.

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