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Elders, Oliver – Coaching/Basketball

ELDERS, OLIVER – Coaching/Basketball – Arkansas AM & N College (1950-1954): – Elders was born in 1932 in DeWitt (Arkansas County) and was a basketball star at Arkansas AM&N (now the University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff) graduating in 1954. He 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 at Little Rock Hall High. He was selected Coach of the Year in 1983 and served as the head coach of the East squad in the Arkansas High School All-Star game that summer. His teams won 4 state championships and 2 Overall Championships. The sportswriters of Arkansas selected Elders as the Coach of the Decade for the 1980s. He retired in 1993 as the winningest active coach in the state of Arkansas with 656 victories. In 1997, he was inducted into the Arkansas High School Coaches Hall of Fame. In 1999, Elders became only the fifth person from Arkansas to be inducted into the National High School Sports Hall of Fame.

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