Grambling State hires North Carolina Central assistant to coach volleyball program

Grambling State has found a volleyball coach after a short search.

Former North Carolina Central assistant coach Paige Phillips has been tapped by GSU athletics 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 head volleyball coach,” Scott said in a release. “She brings a level of excitement and a wealth of knowledge to our program. She played at an HBCU and coached under one of the best volleyball coaches in Jody Brown at North Carolina Central. I am thrilled to be able to bring in a talented coach as we transition to move forward.”

The Grambling volleyball program has been in turmoil since Lucas dismantled the team not long after her hiring. Some senior players were still waiting Friday to find out if their scholarships had been reinstated for the coming season, with practices beginning Monday. Phillips becomes the third Lady Tigers’ volleyball coach in a little over six months. She was an assistant for four seasons at NCCU helping guide the Eagles in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.

Grambling State volleyball coach Paige Phillips
Grambling State volleyball coach Paige Phillips

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

“I am elated for this new opportunity at Grambling State University and look forward to leading the volleyball program to new heights,” Phillips said. “I’d also like to thank President (Rick) Gallot and Dr. Scott for their visionary leadership and commitment to excellence for the volleyball program. I cannot wait to get started!”

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In 2021, Phillips assisted in North Carolina Central recording nine wins in conference play, the most in the Division I era for the Eagles. Phillips served as an assistant coach since 2018 before being elevated to associate head coach. As a player at NCCU, Phillips racked up 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 at NCCU.

Phillips graduated from Vestavia Hills High School in Birmingham, Ala., where as a junior she collected 1,184 assists, 208 digs and 46 service aces on her way to being named the Birmingham News South Player of the Year. Phillips graduated NCCU with a bachelor’s degree in biology with a concentration in pre-med. In addition, she obtained her master’s degree in biology and biomedical sciences from NCCU in 2020.

Jimmy Watson covers Shreveport-Bossier area sports. Email him at and follow him on Twitter @JimmyWatson6.

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