MINNEAPOLIS — Bay County standout volleyball player T’ara Ceasar was a member of the Prostyle Tallahassee 16 Black Elite team that recently competed in the United States Junior Olympic National Championships completed earlier this month.
The Black Elite, coached by former Mosley head coach Steve Canfield, posted a 7-3 overall against some of the best teams across the nation and placed 25th out of 48 squads that participated.
Canfield, who has relocated to Tallahassee since being relieved of his head coach duties at Mosley last school year, said he is pursuing a degree in sports management at Florida State University and is expected to be named a coach at Maclay High School for the coming season.
Canfield’s daughter, Melanie, will be a sophomore at Maclay this year and also competed on the Black Elite team. Ceasar, Coach Canfield said, has had an outstanding season of summer club volleyball.
“She’s had dozens of schools already offering her,” Canfield said. “She’s only a sophomore, but the University of Florida is recruiting her heavily.”
Ceasar will be a 6-foot sophomore at Rutherford High School this fall. She competed at Mosley as a freshman, but Rutherford athletic director Kirk Harrell confirmed Thursday that Ceasar has enrolled at Rutherford to take part in the school’s IB program for academics.
Ceasar’s aunt, Telnicial Brown, coaches the Rams volleyball varsity.
“But she coached us when (Ceasar) initially went to Mosley,” Harrell said, emphasizing that the transfer was academics related.