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Grambling Hires Paige Phillips As New Head Volleyball Coach

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After a rough few months, Grambling hopes it has righted the ship for its volleyball team by hiring Paige Phillips as their new head coach.

Phillips, a former player and assistant coach for North Carolina Central, arrives at Grambling after a turbulent time for the Tigers.

In April, Grambling hired former player Chelsey Lucas as their head coach.

Lucas, shockingly, cut 19 players from the team almost immediately, including 12 scholarship players and 7 walkons.

Her decision incited an uproar across college sports.

Grambling’s athletic department initially came to Lucas’ defense, saying she was in her right to craft the team she wanted.

But in July, the university backtracked and fired Lucas “due to the determination of an internal investigation within the volleyball program,” said the school in a statement.

That left players and their families in a state of confusion and frustration.

While a few had their scholarships reinstated after meeting with university officials, many families remain uncertain about their daughter’s status both with the program and at the university.

Last week, Brian Howard, GSU’s senior associate athletic director for athletic communications, assured players, families and fans that there would be a team this season and that they would hire a new head coach in time for the season.

The players reported Sunday and on Tuesday the university announced they had hired Phillips.

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