Coach Arlisha Boykins was fired from coaching the girls’ JV basketball team at Churchland High School, in Virginia, after suiting up and playing in a game in place of one of her 13-year-old players.
Coach Boykins was one player short for a basketball game against Nansemond River on Saturday, January 21, and instead of just playing with four players the entire game, the 22-year-old coach decided to suit up and play in place of the 13-year-old.
The 13-year-old player that coach Boykins impersonated was out of town at a club tournament during the game.
Coach Boykins looks very young, but she was the biggest female on the court.
Judging by the game footage from WAVY-TV, she was out there hooping on them young girls.
After a school investigation, Churchland officials met with parents and players from the JV and varsity girls’ basketball teams, and players from both teams decided to end their seasons early.
The father of the 13-year-old girl said he was shocked by the coach’s actions, and he wants an apology.
Coaches always preach to the kids about integrity and those types of things, so I was just shocked.
I just need, you know, an apology, you know, because I haven’t yet received one from, you know, the overseer of the program or nothing.
You know, he just came out, and he just told us the stipulations of what was going to happen, but there was no apology issued, personally, to us.
He also informed the school that his daughter will not be returning to Churchland next school year.
Portsmouth Public School’s Public Information Officer Lauren Nolasco confirmed that Arlisha Boykins was no longer employed by the school system as of January 25.
Watch the game footage below courtesy of WAVY-TV: