Mount Carmel will look to defend its Class 5A girls basketball state championship with a new coach.

Panos Bountovinas, who was also the athletic director, resigned last week “citing personal reasons,” said Joe Boudoin, who is filling in as athletic director.

Bountovinas had served as basketball coach at the school for two years and was named Coach of the Year on The New Orleans Advocate’s All-Metro Team last year.

Bountovinas couldn’t be reached for comment.

He led the Cubs to their first basketball title. His team won the state title despite entering the playoffs as a No. 9 seed. They finished finished 30-6 and were ranked third in The New Orleans Advocate’s season-ending Super 10.

Kevin McGlathery, who was an assistant coach last season, will take over as head coach while Boudoin will take over as athletic director.

Ramon Joseph, who was on staff at Mount Carmel, will serve as McGlathery’s assistant.

Mount Carmel will play on Saturday in a Hall of Fame game in Zachary.

Rummel still 11th

For the third consecutive week, Rummel is ranked No. 11 nationally by USA Today.

The Raiders are also ranked No. 1 in The New Orleans Advocate’s Large School Super 10 and No. 1 in the LSWA Class 5A poll.

Rummel (8-0, 3-0 in District 9-5A) plays Holy Cross on Friday at Tad Gormley Stadium.

Cross country entries sought

All coaches in Orleans, Jefferson, St Tammany, St Bernard, St Charles and Plaquemine Parishes must email their entries for the Allstate Sugar Bowl Metro Cross Country Championship by 6 p.m. Saturday.

Entries should be emailed to Mike Corn at mike@ustfccca.org.

There is a maximum of seven runners per gender.

The meet is scheduled for Nov. 8 at City Park Cross Country Course.

The girls varsity race begins at 10:30 a.m. and the boys race at 11:30 a.m.