Virginia basketball assistant coach impersonates 13-year-old player, leading to multiple firings

Multiple female basketball coaches have been fired from a Virginia high school after a 22-year-old assistant coach was caught impersonating a 13-year-old junior varsity player who was out of town during a game in January, according to WAVY TV10.

The video allegedly shows former Churchland (Portsmouth, Va.) High School coach Arlisha Boykins posing as a youth player during the Jan. 21 game. WAVY TV 10 obtained access to some videos and aired them during a news segment, which is now on YouTube. The player believed to be Boykins can be seen blocking an opponent’s shot, celebrating a layup and grabbing a rebound after a missed free throw.

Boykins was fired, as was the junior varsity head coach and head varsity coach, according to the news outlet.

Churchland administration met with parents and players after the incident. Both the junior varsity and varsity teams decided to sit out the remainder of the season, according to 13 news now. Both teams were scheduled to play their final match on February 8; the varsity team instead finished the season 0–13, and the junior varsity went 5–3. MaxPreps shows the Jan. 21 JV game against Nansemond River (Suffolk, Va.) was a loss.

The 13-year-old’s family told WAVY their daughter does not plan to attend Churchland next season.

“Coaches always preach to the kids about integrity and things like that, so I was just shocked,” the father said in the video.

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