Grambling volleyball coach comes under heat for pulling scholarships


According to multiple media outlet reports, new Grambling volleyball coach Chelsea Lucas has cut more than half of the team’s scholarship players and told incoming recruits that the previous coach’s commitments would not be honored.

According to KSLA, Lucas notified the administration that she would make changes, and then cut all 19 current players from the volleyball roster.

The move has drawn criticism from spurned student-athletes and their families, but has been defended by athletic director Trayvean Scott, who also sought to refute reports that Lucas had cut the entire team.

“In fact, she attempted to keep four or five” players, Scott said in an interview with KSLA-TV in Shreveport.

Scott announced on Dec. 1 that former head women’s volleyball coach Demetria Keys-Johnson had stepped down “to pursue other opportunities within the University.”

Keys-Johnson led GSU to an 11-17 overall record in 2021, including an 8-8 mark in SWAC play.

Lucas was announced as the new head GSU coach in a release on Feb. 14 after spending the past three years as the head coach at Arkansas-Pine Bluff. Lucas is a Grambling alum. She earned all-conference honors for the Tigers in 2007.

It’s not clear if any players from last season’s roster remain.

And according to AP reports, Grambling officials have so far been unable to specify which players, if any, have been retained. The volleyball roster page on Grambling’s official athletics website showed a “404” error message stating: “The page you are looking for no longer exists.”

A complete overhaul of any collegiate roster normally has negative implications on Academic Progress Rates (APR) which are released each year by the NCAA.

NCAA regulations currently allow for up to 12 scholarships for women’s varsity volleyball.

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