Coach Doyle Moncrief graduated from Hall High School in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1979. He later attended the University of Central Arkansas where he played guard on the basketball team. In 1981, his Central Arkansas team made it to the quarterfinals of the NAIA National Championships. After college, Coach Moncrief coached the Arkansas Express, a men's post-college touring team. The Express played exhibition games against college teams, such as the University of Arkansas, Arkansas State, Lamar and Mississippi State. Several players from his teams have played professionally overseas.
Coach Moncrief grew up in Arkansas competing with brother, Sidney, in all types of games from card games to court sports. Many of you may know that Sidney was a five-time all-star player with the Milwaukee Bucks of the NBA. The Moncrief brothers founded a basketball-training program called Back 2 Basics. Back 2 Basics teaches the basic fundamentals of basketball.
Coach Moncrief coached basketball for 30+ years before the Lord called him home. He had a gift for working with players and transferring his knowledge to them. His advice was always to "Keep praying and keep trying.” His favorite scripture was Proverbs 22:6 which says, "Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.”
Coach Moncrief coached homeschool basketball for over a decade, at all age levels both male and female. We were very fortunate to have such a quality coach and Godly man working with our players for the time that he walked this earth. Although his sudden departure has left us with a sense of lost, we are comforted by the memories we share, the life lessons that Coach Moncrief taught, and the impact that he has had on our lives.
Ask former players about Coach Moncrief:
“... I will always remember all the things you have taught me over the years not only just about basketball but becoming a man and about life!” - Bradford
“... I couldn't have asked for a better leader to have led our teams all those years. I am forever grateful to have been under his guidance and teaching.” - Rachel
“... You taught me so much about setting goals and achieving them, being disciplined, hard work, leadership, humility, and being a servant of the Lord. These and so many other lessons you taught me I will never forget.” - Josh
“The two years I played for coach were the best two years of basketball in my life.” - Jacob
“...When I first joined I came knowing nothing about basketball but you and the other coaches taught me the fundamentals, invested into me and made me love the game...” - Lexi
“... Thank you for all you taught me not just about basketball but about discipline and being a man.” - Mason
“... The one lesson that will stick with me that coach instilled in me was to listen and learn how to play a role in the big picture.” - Rod