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Coaches Tribute and Shooting Clinic to Honor Four Game-Changing Coaches

Scholarships in each coach’s name will also be announced


As part of of Sidney Moncrief’s 60th birthday celebration weekend, four coaches will be honored for their game-changing contributions to basketball and, more importantly, youth in Arkansas.


The Moncrief Elite Shooting Clinic will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 23 at Central High School in Little Rock. Coaches Oliver Elders, Eddie Boone, Johnny Greenwood and Charles Ripley will be be honored at the event and will have an opportunity to deliver their own inspirational message to students. For their own part, students from 10 area high schools will be allowed to participate in a shooting clinic and will have access to leadership information.


Both boys and girls from each high school will participate in the shooting clinic, with representatives from Hall, North Little Rock, McClellan, Parkview, Central, Fair, Catholic High, Mills, Sylvan Hills, and Jacksonville high schools.


For 36 years, Elders coached basketball in Arkansas — compiling an impressive record of 656-305. He 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.


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. 


A true pioneer in Arkansas, Boone was the first African-American coach in the Arkansas Activities Association and he coached the first African-American basketball player on scholarship at the University of Arkansas. Over his career, he piled up an impressive 1,207 wins.


Although he began his coaching career in 1967, Ripley's dynasty started when he became the head boys basketball coach at Little Rock Parkview in 1974, where he coached for 21 years. Ripley's Patriot’s won five state championships, 10 conference championships and two overall championships.


Proceeds from this event will help fund a scholarship in the name of each of the four coaches. For more information on each coach, visit: https://sidneymoncrief.org/coaches-tribute


Sports Art Artwork above by John Robertson