JV Girls’ Basketball Coach Fired for Impersonating Player

February 2, 2023 / Athletic AdministrationBasketballCoaching
A Virginia high school JV basketball coach has been fired after impersonating a player during a recent game.

Arlisha Boykins, 22, was the assistant coach of the Churchland JV girls’ basketball team in Portsmouth, VA, posed as a player on a team who was out of town for a club basketball tournament, according to a report from WAVY TV 10.

basketball on rimUpon getting caught, the team decided to forgo the rest of the season as well as fire Boykins for her actions.

A recent story from the New York Post detailed how Boykins was able to get into the action of the JV girls’ basketball game.

Below is an excerpt from the New York Post story.

In video footage from the Jan. 21 game, which took place in Suffolk against Nansemond River, Boykins can be seen wearing a black No. 1 jersey for Churchland while playing in the contest.

Boykins, who was going up against 14-and-15-year-old girls, recorded a block and drove to the basket for a layup in highlights obtained by WAVY. She was also seen interacting with the team, shooting free throws and at one point, dove into the stands for a loose ball.

In addition to Boykins, the Truckers’ junior varsity head coach and the head coach of the varsity team were fired — with sources telling the outlet that the varsity coach was “encouraging the behavior” during the game.

“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 said.

The girl’s family told WAVY their daughter is no longer interested in attending Churchland High School next year and will pursue another school. The family is also seeking a personal apology from Churchland school officials.

The Churchland junior varsity players and parents chose to forgo the remainder of the season and not play any more games.

To read the full story from the New York Post, click here.