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

Brusly coach Harold Boudreaux has been hired as the McKinley boys basketball coach.

The 45-year-old Boudreaux was among those to apply when MHS Principal Herman Brister put the job up for applications. Brister declined comment, but Boudreaux confirmed he accepted the job Wednesday.

“I’m excited,” Boudreaux said. “I look forward to working with the athletes and staff there. It’s going to start with me getting ready to know the players and the community. That will be the first step.

“I have to thank Mr. (Walt) Lemoine (Brusly Principal) and Brusly for the opportunity they gave me when I came over there six years ago. The support I received there was wonderful.

“I look forward to bringing some positive things to the program at McKinley. And I look forward to the support you have from that basketball community that goes back generations.”

At McKinley, Boudreaux takes over for Marvin Dotson, who spent three seasons as a head coach. He led the Panthers to a 20-13 record last season and a runner-up finish at the East Baton Rouge Parish tournament.

MHS lost to St. Paul’s in the opening round of the Class 5A playoffs. Boudreaux led Brusly to an 18-13 record and a trip to the Class 3A playoffs.

Boudreaux, an LSU player from 1988-92, coached at Brusly for six seasons and took the Panthers to the quarterfinals of the playoffs three times. He spent one season at North Iberville as a head coach. He also was an assistant at Glen Oaks for one season and was acting head girls coach for one season after starting his career with a two-year stint as an assistant at Plaquemine.