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Meet Our Game Changers Coaches

Oliver B. Elders

Oliver Elders coached basketball in the state of Arkansas for 36 years, 35 of which were in the Little Rock School District at Little Rock Horace Mann and Little Rock Hall.

Elders, who was born in DeWitt on July 21, 1932, graduated from the University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff (formerly Arkansas AM&N) in 1954, and earned his Master's degree from Indiana University in 1963.

During his coaching career, Elders compiled 656 wins and 305 losses.

Elders was inducted into the Arkansas High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 1997, and into the National High School Sports Hall of Fame in 1999.

Elders was selected Coach of the Year in 1983. He served as the head coach of the East squad in the 1983 East-West High School All-Star Game. Elders won four state basketball championships, two Overall Championships and he was the only high school coach in the state's history to guide three consecutive teams into the Overall Championships. He also won eight conference championships, while his teams competed in the largest schoolboy classification in the state. Elders was selected Coach of the Decade by he Arkansas Sports Writers for the 1980s.

Elders retired in 1993 as the winningest active coach in the state of Arkansas. Eight-five of his players received college scholarships and 50 had received college degrees by 1993. In 1993 Elders retired to accompany his wife Dr. Joycelyn Elders to Washington, D.C. when she was appointed Surgeon General by President Bill Clinton. While in Washington, Coach Elders served as Special Assistant to the U.S. Secretary of Education. He was director of he Intern Program at he U.S. Department of Education, and worked to develop special programs for minority males.

Johnny Greenwood

Before he became a successful junior and senior high basketball coach, Johnny Greenwood once showed skills of greatness as an athlete.

Greenwood was an outstanding athlete at North Little Rock Scipio A. Jones High School. He received All-State awards in football while quarterbacking his teams to three consecutive high school state championships.

Greenwood received several scholarship offers, and eventually decided to attend Langston University in Langston, Oklahoma. After two years of collegiate football, Greenwood was drafted into the Army, where he was in charge of all sports activities in the command. After completing his tour of duty he returned home and attended Philander Smith College where he received a B.A. degree. He received his Master's degree from the University of Central Arkansas.

Greenwood began his basketball coaching career in Menifee in 1960. From there he went to the Little Rock School District where his teams won several City and State Championships, including the State and Overall Championship in his first year at Little Rock Central.

Greenwood left the high school coaching ranks to become the first full-time assistant coach at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. He was on the UALR staff for six years and help the school to gain its NCAA Division I status.

While at UALR, Greenwood began the Little Rock summer league basketball program, which is still going strong today with the return of professional and collegiate players each summer.

Greenwood later coached at Philander Smith College and his teams finished 2nd, 3rd and 4th on the Small College National level. His accomplishments were noted in an article in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette on "Untold Stories, Black Sports Heroes Before Integration", which was written by Wally Hall and Darren Ivy in 2002.

Greenwood received many awards during his career, but the greatest rewards came from helping and seeing students achieve their dreams. He was inducted into the S.A. Jones Hall of Fame in 1998.

Greenwood was also a member of the Arkansas Officials Association, and for over 17 years officiated at football and basketball games at the high school and college levels.

Greenwood is retired and lives in Morrilton with his wife Faye, a graduate of UAPB. He is the father of six children and two step children.

Eddie Boone

 Highlights of  Coach Boone's Life and   Career Born: December 6, 1936, Stuttgart, Arkansas     

Mr. Boone was married to the former Lorraine Easterling (deceased). He has three children: Barryl, Shona (Eric Ruth), 

Dagan, and 4 grandchildren, Wynter, Shundreka, Wynton and Wayla.  

8-District (1961,   1964-1969, 1972) “Area 9B” 7-County   (1967-1973), 

Menifee; 1973 defeated Hall High School – smallest   classification “Area 9B” versus largest classification “5A” 1-Junior High (1961) 

District 8 - Junior High School Championship; the only championship at   Mildred Jackson High School, Hughes, Arkansas     

4-AAAAA (l975, 1977, 1980, 1983;   5A largest classification in the state at Little Rock Central High School 4-AAAA North   (1984, 1987, 1988, 1990; 4A North Conference, largest classification in the   state.)    

 4-State Championships (1964, 1972, 1975, 1980)  • 1-Overall State Championship (1975) Competed in the first ever   overall state championship. Team   represented “Class B” the smallest classification, 1972.  • Lost in the first round of the overall   against Little Rock Central at Barton Coliseum “5A” versus “Class B” 9-2 Record in Overall Competition (1972, 1975, 1980)  •

 Won the district   at Central Baptist College (Conway, Arkansas), won the county at Morrilton,   Arkansas and won the state at Barton Coliseum “Class B” 1972. Won the 1972   SCA (now called UCA) State-wide Invitational Tournament defeating Greenbrier 6-City Championships  • Later called Metro Championships now called Jammin’ for   Jackets (1976, 1980, 1981, 1986, 1987, 1988)       

Total Coaching Career Record (Boys and Girls)  • 1207+ Wins; 479   Losses Total Coaching Career at Central High:  • 334 Wins; 172 Losses       • Coached the   first African-American Basketball player on scholarship at the University of   Arkansas • “Coach of the   Year” Menifee “Area 9B” 1972 •

 “Coach of the   Year” Little Rock Central High School “5A” 1975 • Little Rock   Central High School Athletic Department Chairman •

 “4A” North   Conference Coach of the Year, Little Rock Central High School (1984, 1987,   1988, 1990) • 

Coached in the   very first Central Arkansas Basketball Camp in central Arkansas at Conway   High School; first African-American coach of this event, summer 1972  

• Arkansas Coach   of the Year, Arkansas Gazette, 1975 • Received key to   the city, Stuttgart, Arkansas as an honoree for Holman High School, 1975 •

 Mildred Jackson   High School alumni, Hughes, Arkansas, teacher-coach recognition – Memphis,   Tennessee, 2015 • Conway County   Training School – Eastside High, Menifee, Arkansas – Outstanding Coaches   honor – 2017 • Holman High School Grand Reunion – inducted in   “Sports Hall of Fame” Stuttgart, Arkansas 2017     

Charles Ripley

Charles Ripley is a native of Little Rock and he graduated from Central High School in 1964.He received his Bachelors of Education degree from the University of Arkansas-Little Rock in 1968 and his Master's degree in Education from the University of Arkansas in 1981.

Ripley started his coaching career in 1967 as the freshman head basketball coach at Little Rock Catholic. In 1968 he became the head basketball coach at Little Rock Forest Heights Junior High, and one year later added the title of head football coach. His 1969-1970 basketball team won the State Junior High title and his football squad was city champions. In 1970-1971 Ripley led Forest Heights to a second straight city championship.

Ripley became the Pulaski Heights Junior High head football coach in 1971, but returned to Forest Heights in 1972 and led his squad to city championships in 1972 and 1973. In 1973-1974 Ripley served as the B team basketball coach at Little Rock Hall.

Ripley's dynasty started in 1974 when he became the head boys basketball coach at Little Rock Parkview, serving in that role for 21 years. While at Parkview, Ripley's teams won five state championships (1978, 1988, 1992, 1993 and 1995), 10 conference championships ad two Overall Championships (198 and 1991). His Patriots played in the state title game 10 times.

Ripley won 487 games and lost 145 (.770 winning percent). He won 20 or more games 17 of the 21 years at Parkview and averaged 23 wins a season.

In 1988 Ripley was named the Arkansas Gazette and Arkansas Democrat Coach of the Year. He was named the Arkansas High School Coaches Association Basketball Coach of the Year in 1992.

Ripley was inducted into the UALR Athletic Hall of Fame in 1993. He was selected to coach the McDonald's High School All-American Game in 1993. From 1995 through 1998 Ripley served as the head coach at Westark College (now UA-Fort Smith). He also served as president of Court of Dreams in Little Rock. Ripley's final coaching stop was at Arkansas Baptist College where he served as athletic director and men's basketball.

Sports Art Artwork above by John Robertson

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