Five games into the season there is a new leader of the Covington High boys basketball program on an interim basis, and he is looking to put his stamp immediately on the program.
John Boudreaux, who was previously serving as an assistant on the Covington girls basketball team, was named interim coach by school officials last week. Boudreaux replaces Stephen Lopinto, who was relieved of his duties.
“The administration approached me about taking over the job,” Boudreaux said. “I’ve coached basketball for 30 years. I am a Covington High guy and am willing to do whatever I can to help this school be successful.
“I played basketball at Covington High. I bleed blue and gold. We are moving forward as a program. Everyone is starting on a clean slate, and our only direction is forward.”
After postponing a game Monday night against Riverside Academy, Boudreaux will make his head coaching debut at home against Northlake Christian at 6:15 p.m. Tuesday.
“I talked to the team on Friday when I was named the coach,” he said. “I thought the team was really receptive to what I am trying to do and am going to do this season. The biggest thing that I told the team is that we are going to change our image.
“There is a spotlight on us right now that we don’t want. Anytime you are in the middle of the season, and you have to change your head coach that is not the kind of attention you want. It just doesn’t look good. We are going to change the image of this program. Thus far the team has bought into what we are trying to do.”
Covington 3-2, with wins over Lake Area New Tech, Franklinton and Glen Oaks.