The new coach Chelsea Lucas was hired in February and has decided to take the volleyball program at Grambling in a different direction, but her plans don’t include any of the 19 girls currently on the team.
The shocking news was allegedly delivered through individual player meetings.
Maurissa Harris, a volleyball player and junior at Grambling, said the team was told the decision was performance-based and that the current players didn’t hit the mark for scholarship renewals.
Grambling Athletics Communication Director Brian Howard said in a statement that he was aware the new head coach would be switching up the roster, but he didn’t know to what extent.
“It’s her decision to make, and she’s got some quality players coming on board. I think 13 or 14 are coming on board. So, I hate to say out with the old, but in with the new a little bit,” Howard said.
Trayveon Scott, Grambling’s athletic director, said in a statement, “Just as the transfer portal empowers student-athletes, our coaches are also empowered to make the decisions they deem necessary to advance their programs.”
While the players were forced out of their program and left to find a scholarship at a different school during the off-season, leaders of Grambling’s athletic program said that they wish them future success.