Chelsey Lucas, the controversial ex-Grammbling State Volleyball coach who told the entire team she would revoke their scholarships and bring in a whole new roster, has claimed the college wrongfully fired her.
Following an internal investigation which concluded on Tuesday 5 July, the university announcement they would end the controversial coach. According to KSLA News 12, coach Chelsey Lucas, whom the collegiate institute hired in February 2022, spoke out against Grambling’s decision and filed a lawsuit against them.
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Lucas said she was “told without notice” that she was being fired. When the coach asked for a reason for the dismissal, she claimed the administration ‘was unable to provide me with any details as to why they decided to dismiss me’.
“Since I started at Grambling, I have been ordered not to speak to the media. My voice has unfortunately been silenced despite rumors and accusations about me,” she said. As a result, I have not been able to tell my side of the story about the many events that transpired during my tenure as head volleyball coach at Grambling.”
Lucas maintained his unfair dismissal stance and said their decision to fire her may have been linked to the coach’s desire to voice the issues she previously had with the sporting director.
“The AD was visibly upset with my complaints during my meeting with the President, and today I was informed that it was he who recommended my dismissal. I will work with my attorney to prepare a response, and I believe my version of this story will demonstrate that what happened to me today was not fair or just.
Grambling State University responded to Lucas’ claims, alleging they were right in its decision to part ways with Chelsey Lucas and reached out to students whose scholarships were nearly revoked.
“The success of student-athletes and their ability to enroll at Grambling State University is the top priority,” said Dr. Trayvean Scott, chairman of intercollegiate athletics at Grambling. “As we move through this transition and begin a national search for the next coach, all volleyball student-athletes who received scholarships for the 2022-23 academic year will retain their scholarships and remain on the team. walk-ons will also continue to hold their place on the list.
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