Grambling volleyball hires NC Central assistant to take over program

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Grambling State found a volleyball coach after a short search.

Former North Carolina Central assistant coach Paige Phillips has been tapped by GSU athletic director Trayvean Scott to take over a program that has been under duress since the hiring and firing of Chelsey Lucas.

“We are very excited to welcome Paige Phillips to Grambling State University and to be our next volleyball head coach,” Scott said in a statement. “She brings a level of enthusiasm and a wealth of knowledge to our program. She played in an HBCU and coached one of the top volleyball coaches in Jody Brown at North Carolina Central. I am delighted to be able to call on a talented coach as we transition forward.

Grambling’s volleyball program has been in turmoil since Lucas disbanded the team shortly after he was hired. Some senior players were still waiting on Friday to find out if their scholarships had been reinstated for the upcoming season, with training starting on Monday. Phillips becomes the Lady Tigers’ third volleyball coach in just over six months. She served as an assistant for four seasons at the NCCU, helping guide the Eagles through the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.

The Eagles finished 11-14 last season and advanced to the quarterfinals of the MEAC Tournament before losing to top-seeded Howard.

“I am thrilled with this new opportunity at Grambling State University and look forward to taking the volleyball program to new heights,” said Phillips. “I would also like to thank President (Rick) Gallot and Dr. Scott for their visionary leadership and commitment to excellence for the volleyball program. I am excited to begin !”

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In 2021, Phillips helped North Carolina Central record nine conference wins, the most in the Division I era for the Eagles. Phillips has served as an assistant coach since 2018 before being elevated to associate head coach. As a player at NCCU, Phillips had 1,896 career assists, which remains a Division I-era record at NCCU and is fourth all-time in program history. She averaged 5.75 assists per set over four seasons, which also ranks seventh all-time in NCCU.

Phillips graduated from Vestavia Hills High School in Birmingham, Alabama, where as a junior she had 1,184 assists, 208 digs and 46 service aces before being named Birmingham News Player of the Year. South. Phillips graduated from NCCU with a bachelor’s degree in biology with a concentration in pre-medicine. Additionally, she completed her Masters in Biology and Biomedical Sciences from NCCU in 2020.

Jimmy Watson covers sports in the Shreveport-Bossier area. Email him at [email protected] and follow him on Twitter @JimmyWatson6.

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