McKinley High officials to meet with players, parents to discuss basketball program after two coaches sidelined _lowres

Advocate staff file photo by JOHN OUBRE -- McKinley boys basketball coach Harold Boudreaux in January 2015

Harold Boudreaux was back on the sideline Friday night as the McKinley High School boys basketball coach, thanks to an injunction granted earlier in the week.

The injunction, granted by Judge Timothy Kelley, of the 19th Judicial District, on Tuesday, will allow Boudreaux to coach again this Tuesday when the Panthers travel to Dutchtown High School for a District 5-5A game prior to a Thursday hearing in Kelley’s courtroom.

“I got a lot of advice on this from a lot of people I respect,” Boudreaux said Friday after an 83-62 victory over St. Amant. “Basketball is a game that got me through college and helped me through a lot of tough times in my life. At the end of the day, being a basketball coach is who I am, and I’m willing to fight for that. And that’s all I’m trying to do is fight for myself.”

Boudreaux, a former LSU player, was removed from the bench following an incident that involved the team two weeks ago. Assistant coach Raeshawn Williams served as interim coach for two games but also was disciplined by the East Baton Rouge Parish school system.

Former LSU coach Dale Brown was among those who advised Boudreaux to take legal action. Boudreaux said Brown was at Friday’s game to show support.

“I’ve gotten great support from the McKinley family, the McKinley alumni, the team and so many other people,” Boudreaux said. “My intent is not to hurt or disrespect anyone involved in this process.

“But the accusations that were made against myself and my assistant coach are false. I came to McKinley to coach, and I’m asking for the opportunity to finish what I started with this team.”