Girls JV basketball coach, 23, ‘IMPERSONATED 13-year-old to play and score for the squad in a league game before being fired as players boycott the remainder of the season in response to the stunt’
A 23-year-old girls basketball coach has reportedly been fired for impersonating a 13-year-old player in a junior varsity game in Virginia earlier this month.
With one girl absent for a January 21 game, Churchland High School Truckers assistant coach Arlisha Boykins donned the missing player’s jersey number and hit the hardwood against freshman and sophomores, as seen in footage obtained by WAVY10.
The clip shows one older player, believed to be Boykins, hitting an easy layup, blocking a shot and connecting on a pair of free throws. Remarkably, she’s even seen giving a celebratory hand gesture after converting the layup against players who are nearly a decade younger.
DailyMail.com made multiple attempts to confirm the news, only to have a pair of school spokespeople abruptly end phone calls. One spokesperson said the school is ‘not gonna talk about that’ before quickly hanging up the phone.
The clip shows one older player, believed to be Boykins (No. 1 in black), hitting an easy layup, blocking a shot and connecting on a pair of free throws. Remarkably, she’s even seen giving a celebratory hand gesture after converting the layup against players who are nearly a decade younger
The absent player was out of town at a club tournament, her parents told WAVY’s sports director, Craig Loper, who has since confirmed that Boykins is no longer an employee of Portsmouth Public Schools. What’s more, team players and their parents opted out of the remainder of the season.
‘Coaches always preach to the kids about integrity and those types of things, so I was just shocked,’ the father of the 13-year-old told WAVY.
The player is no longer interested in continuing at Churchland High School next season, WAVY reported.
The school district is investigating the incident, and the family continues to seek an apology.
In this clip, the player who is believed to be Boykins, 23, blocks a teenager’s shot