Assistant HS girls basketball coach relieved of duties for impersonating 13-year-old player
An assistant girls basketball coach in Virginia has been relieved of her duties after being accused of impersonating a 13-year-old JV basketball player on her team and participating in a game last week.
Arlisha Boykins, 22, suited up for Churchland High School in Portsmouth, Virginia, for a Jan. 21 game against Nansemond River, while the missing player was out of town for a club tournament, the girl's parents told WAVY-TV in Norfolk.
"Coaches always preach to the kids about integrity and those types of things, so I was just shocked," the girl's father said.
He also told the TV station his daughter is not planning to return to Churchland next school year, and the family is seeking a formal apology.
Arlisha Boykins, a 22-year-old former assistant coach on the Churchland JV girls basketball team, impersonated a 13-year-old player that played for the Truckers and is no longer an employee of Portsmouth Public Schools. https://t.co/ycviSVKg89
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After an investigation by the school system, Churchland officials met with parents of the JV and varsity girls basketball teams, where players from both teams decided not to continue their seasons, Portsmouth Public Schools Public Information Officer Lauren Nolasco told USA TODAY Sports.
Nolasco also confirmed that as of Jan. 25, Boykins is no longer employed by the school system.
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Virginia high school basketball coach fired for impersonating player