Parents of ousted Salmen basketball players meet with school officials for 2 1/2 hours; waiting to hear if girls will be reinstated _lowres

Photo provided by David Folse -- Less than 24 hours after they refused to play in a game because they claimed concerns about their new coach were not being properly addressed, seven girls basketball players at Salmen High School in Slidell were kicked off the team Wednesday.

Six parents of players kicked off Salmen High School’s girls basketball team Wednesday met with school administrators for two-and-a-half hours Thursday morning, according to one of the parents.

The parents are waiting to hear from administrators about whether the girls — a total of seven in all — will be reinstated, said Myles Cooper, one of the parents. The players boycotted a game earlier this week after saying their concerns about coach Panos Bountovinas were not being heard by school leaders.

Administrators are looking into the merits of the girls’ claims, Cooper told a reporter. One player told The New Orleans Advocate that she wasn’t comfortable with Bountovinas’ often touching her, calling him “very feely.”

She also said that twice during the season, a female assistant coach had to kick Bountovinas out of the locker room while the girls were dressing.

Calls to a school system spokeswoman were not returned.

The girls boycotted a Tuesday night game against Cabrini, and instead attended a Salmen boys basketball game. Wednesday morning, in a meeting with Bountovinas, the girls were told they were off the team.

Bountovinas is in his first season at Salmen. He spent two seasons at Mount Carmel, leading the Cubs to the Class 5A state championship in 2014. He was named The New Orleans Advocate’s Metro Coach of the Year for Large Schools that season.

He resigned from Mount Carmel before last season, citing personal reasons.