ArBCA Historical Timeline
June 2010– Coaches Wes Swift of Jonesboro and James Bates of Conway approach retired Hendrix Coach Cliff Garrison at Hendrix Team Camp about the possibility of him being the executive director if they were to start a basketball coaches association in the state. Following the meeting Swift and Bates set up a “Steering Committee” of prominent high school boys and girls coaches in Arkansas to see if there was interest in having a coaches association in the state.
June 2011- Coaches Swift and Bates approach Garrison as to his interest in serving as the first executive director of the association if we could get it set up. Garrison indicated he would be willing to serve in that capacity to get them started if retired Lyon College Coach Terry Garner would serve as associate executive director and Hendrix Coach Thad McCracken would help with the technology part of it. They agreed that this would be a good idea.
Sunmer & Fall 2011- The “Steering Committee” continued to meet by e-mail, phone, and small meetings. The committee included Swift, Bates, Roger Franks of Pulaski Academy, Dean Campbell of Lonoke, Carla Crowder of Cabot, Daryl Fimple of North Little Rock, Larry Mitchell of Marianna, Jeff Hogue of Arkansas Baptist, Bruce Adams of Viola, Gary Shoptaw of Poyen, Ashley Nance of Conway, and Wayne Herren of Maumelle. Garrison met with Coach Buzz Bolding, Executive Director of the Arkansas Football Coaches Association who already been active for a couple of years to get ideas about how to get started. Bolding was very helpful in giving us direction based on their experiences.
October 14, 2011- Garrison and Swift met at Dean Campbell’s home to plan our meeting for Saturday October 15th at Pulaski Academy in Little Rock where high school coaches in the state had been invited to attend. Ron Crawford one of the top AAU Coaches and officers in the country was very helpful in getting the word out to the coaches. We also discussed by-laws.
October 15, 2011- The first organizational meeting was held at Pulaski Academy mid morning with high school coaches throughout the state who were interested in forming a state coaches association. There were some 50-60 coaches in attendance. Members of the Arkansas Activities Association staff were invited to attend the meeting as Garrison had talked with AAA Executive Director Lance Taylor and Associate Executive Director Nick Lasker to inform them of the meeting and that we wanted to work with the AAA and their staff to supplement what the Arkansas High School Coaches Association was doing. We wanted to let them know we were working with them to promote basketball in the state at all levels and that we appreciate all they do. Wes Swift addressed the coaches as to how we had arrived at this point and what we hoped to accomplish. Ron Crawford also spoke about the importance of having an association and provided live internet coverage of the meeting which went out across the state on his television network. Wes Swift asked for a vote on moving forward with the association and Garrison being the executive director and Garner being the associate executive director. There was a unanimous vote to move forward with Garrison and Garner as directors. Garrison addressed the coaches with a vision of what we can do as an association to promote basketball in the state. There was a lot of enthusiasm and excitement from the coaches.
October thru December 2011-Garrison and Garner had 4 or 5 meetings where they took the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association By-Laws along with some others state associations plus the Arkansas Football Coaches Association By-Laws and input from Swift, Bates, McCracken, and Bolding and worked on a proposed set of by-laws to present to the “Steering Committee” for their input, changes, and approval.
January 15, 2012- Garrison and Bates met to work on a date and agenda for “Steering Committee” meeting to select a slate of officers, board, and adopt by-laws to be presented to membership. The date of January 29th was set.
January 29, 2012- Garrison, Garner, and McCracken met with “The Steering Committee” to go over proposed by-laws. They were discussed at great length before approving them. The committee also voted on a slate of officers and recommended a board. The by-laws, officers, and board were to be recommended to the membership for approval at the Hot Springs meeting on March 20th.
February 12, 2012- A mass mailing was sent our over Ron Crawford’s 247 Preps e-mail notifying all basketball coaches of our March 10th meeting inHot Springs. Membership was set at 20 dollars per coach.
February-March 2012- Steering Committee members worked regional and state basketball tournaments to promote and publicize our association and our meeting at the finals of the state high school tournaments at the Hot SpringsConvention CenterMarch 10th. Coach Ashley Nance at Conway High School prepared flyers and membership applications to be distributed. Coach Thad McCracken and Hendrix College also helped with flyers and printing.
March 5, 2012- Dick Johnson and Five Star Sports in Fayetteville agree to sponsor our association by producing a beautiful logo for us and a laminated membership card with the logo on it. They also agreed to set up our web site for us as well.
March 10, 2012- Joey Walters, Deputy Executive Director of the Arkansas Activities Association arranged for us to have a room to meet on the final day of the Arkansas High School State Basketball Championships. Bates, Swift, and Garrison addressed the group of 20 to 30 coaches about the purposes of the association and they approved our by-laws, officers, and board unanimously. The officers were President James Bates of Conway, Vice President David Ferrell of West Fork, and Secretary Dean Campbell of Lonoke.
March 29-30, 2012- Executive Director Garrison attended the National Association of Basketball Coaches Convention at New Orleans and attended the annual meeting of the National High School Basketball Coaches Association making members of the ArBCA automatically members of the National High School Basketball Coaches Association. We became the 30th state to have a state basketball association. We also have a special rate with the NABC for membership of 29 dollars.
April 9, 2012- Garrison, Bates, Campbell, and Swift visited on meeting at AHSCA Clinic in Fayetteville in June. Vice President David Ferrell from West Fork and Coach Dennis Nutt from Ouachita Baptist University arranged to give some of his speaking time at the AHSCA Clinic for the ArBCA to address the clinic crowd about membership opportunities and the purpose of the association. Joey Walters of the AAA staff was again a key to us being included on the AHSCA Clinic program.
May 31, 2012- Assigned EIN number by IRS.
June 20, 2012- Followed Dennis Nutt and David Ferrell on the clinic schedule where Coach Swift and other board members talked about our association and membership. Garrison and other board members also addressed the crowd. We signed up 27 more for membership.
July, August 2012- Board member Wes Swift works on the first ArBCA Clinic to be held in September. The clinic site will be the new Cabot High School Gymnasium. Kesslers BSN Sports agrees to be the primary sponsor of our clinic. Arvest Bank and Farm Bureau also agree to help sponsor activities of our ArBCA. Farm Bureau’s donation will help with our awards presentations in the spring.
August, 30, 2012- Receive official notification of affiliation with NHSBCA
September 20, 2012- The first Annual Kesslers BSN ArBCA Clinic was held at Cabot High School. Swift did a tremendous job lining up an outstanding group of clinicians and we were able to let our members attend for 10 dollars and non members for 30 with 20 dollars going for their membership. The staff was Joe Foley, Women’s BB at UALR, Joe Kleine, Asst. Men’s BB at UALR; Tim Floyd Head Men’s BB at UTEP, Vick Schaefer Head Women’s BB at Mississippi State, and Damon Stoudamire Assistant Men’s BB at The University of Memphis. We had over 200 in attendance and our membership went from 119 to around 240.
September 20, 2012- Held a board meeting following the clinic. President Bates set up some committees and discussion of things we can do to promote basketball in the state was held.
September-October 2012- Had many compliments and positive feedback about clinic.
October – Dick Johnson and Five Star Sports volunteered to do the ArBCA web site and began work on it. Secretary Dean Campbell became the liaison for the ArBCA and Jennifer Fancher, the contact for Five Star.
November 9, 2012- Tressie Sartain, CPA with Conner & Sartain CPA’s began work on ArBCA’s 501-C6
November 12, 2012- The ArBCA website domain becomes www.arbca.net
November-December- Campbell and Fancher worked to put web site together and it became available to log on.
January 18, 2013- Executive Director Garrison signs web site agreement with Five Star on behalf of the ArBCA. Board.