High School Basketball Coach Fired After Impersonating 13-Year-Old Player In JV Game

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A High School basketball coach in Virginia was terminated after she was caught impersonating one of her players in a game, NY Post reported. 

Arlisha Boykins, 22, of Churchland High School is accused of suiting up in her student’s basketball jersey and playing on the junior varsity girl’s basketball team. The assistant coach was caught on video surveillance wearing a black No. 1 jersey when she competed against 14 and 15-year-old girls from Nansemond River reports state. 

According to the outlet, the Churchland High School JV team was missing one of their players who was out of town for a club basketball tournament, parents of the girl revealed. That is when Boykins stepped in to fill in for the team where she is seen

“blocking and driving to the basket for a layup”

in highlights obtained by WAVY TV 10. The 22-year-old is also shown throwing free throws, engaging with other players, and even


into the stands to retrieve a loose ball. 

Churchland High School also fired the Truckers’ junior varsity head coach and the head coach of the varsity team who they say

“encourag[ed] the behavior”

of Boykins. Parents and the Churchland JV players have chosen to sit out for the rest of the season and not play any more games. 

The Parents of the 13-year-old player who was at an away game said they will be pulling their daughter out of Churchland.

“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.

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