Grambling State’s new volleyball coach, Chelsey Lucas, has decided to cut all players from the team, according to Kori Johnson of KSLA-TV in Shreveport, Louisiana.
Lucas, a Grambling alum in 2007, became the team’s head coach in February. She had already told the 19-player squad that she would be making changes to the roster, according to GSU director of sports communications Brian Howard.
However, department personnel were unaware of the full extent of the changes Lucas planned. Lucas’ decision to release all players has not been discussed before, according to Howard, and is generally left to the coach’s discretion.
The volleyball coach met with each player individually and informed them that their scholarships would not be renewed.
Destiny Johnson, who was a second defensive specialist on the team, tweeted a statement Monday, said she was “stomach ache” and very “upset” about being cut from the team and losing her scholarship.
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“All the time the energy (and) dedication I put into the volleyball program here at Grambling State was thrown back in my face,” Johnson said. “My whole team was stripped of our last years playing the sport we love by a woman who came in and disrespected us and put us down from day one.
“I’m so upset that the DA has made no effort to pursue this matter further. Grambling State University, especially the athletic department, should really be ashamed of themselves. We deserve so much better.”
Howard told KSLA-TV that recruiting efforts have already begun to replace players who have been removed from the roster.
“It’s her decision to make, and she has some quality players on board,” Howard said. “I think 13 or 14 will come on board at some point. So, I hate to say with the old, but kinda with the new.
GSU Athletic Director Trayvean Scott said in a statement that “just as the Transfer Portal empowers student-athletes, our coaches are also empowered to make the decisions they deem necessary to move their programs forward.”
Before returning to Grambling, Lucas spent six seasons in two other Southwestern Athletic Conference programs at Arkansas Pine-Bluff and Alcorn State. She coached for three years at UAPB where she posted a 37–44 record overall and a 37–17 conference rating. Prior to UAPB, she spent three seasons at Alcorn State from 2016 to 2018.