By Bryan Levine, SunCoast Sports
NORTH PORT — Chassity Taylor has dreamed nearly her entire life of being a volleyball coach.
Taylor’s dad, Rodney, was her coach when she began playing the sport as an 8-year-old, and one day she looked at him and said she, too, would eventually be a coach.
That day came Thursday, when she was named the new North Port High School girls volleyball coach, athletic director Cary Willgren announced.
“I’ve known that since I started playing,” Taylor said of her ambition. “I’ve always loved the game of volleyball and I feel like I was destined to be a coach.”
Taylor, an assistant coach for the Bobcats last year, replaced Adrienne Moreno, who spent one season as the head coach. Moreno left for “personal reasons” according to Willgren.
“We interviewed some local coaches and decided that Chassity was the best candidate,” Willgren said. “She played high school and college volleyball. She comes from a family of educators and coaches.”
During her time as an assistant, Taylor wrapped up her degree at Tennessee Wesleyan University, where she graduated with a degree in education, always intending to be a teacher and coach. She originally wanted to be a kindergarten teacher, but hopes to get a position with North Port teaching mathematics.
Taylor’s father coaches golf and baseball at Port Charlotte while her mother Stephanie is a former Pirates girls basketball coach. The younger Taylor graduated from Port Charlotte in 2012.
“I never imagined that (I would one day coach North Port),” Chassity said. “I got off the phone with my mom and dad today. I said it was always my dream to coach at Port Charlotte, but I’m excited to start my own program at North Port. I was blessed to have the opportunity to help coach with Adrienne.”
She will take over the program immediately and begin off-season planning and training, she said.