Coach Doyle Moncrief graduated from Hall High School in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1979. Coach Moncrief 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 mens 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 formerly 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 has been coaching basketball since 1995. He has a gift for working with kids and transferring his knowledge to them. His advice is to “Keep praying and keep trying.” His favorite scripture is Proverbs 22:4, “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.”
Coach Moncrief’s coaching relationship with Dallas Thunder started in 2006. Coach Moncrief has coached Thunder boys and girls teams at every age level, and is currently the Varsity boys and 10U boys coach. Also, he was named Athletic Director in 2008. Dallas Thunder is very fortunate to have such a quality coach and Godly man working with our kids.
Coach Matthew Marchbanks graduated from high school in 2005 with North Texas Home Educator’s Network. In 2006-2007, Matthew attended Northlake College in Irving, Texas, where he was a member of the baseball team. He transferred to Hardin Simmons University in Abilene in 2008, and was graduated in 2010 with a degree in Communications.
Coach Matt played Dallas Thunder basketball in their first year of existence. He also played baseball and/or basketball for HSAA Dallas, THESA Riders Ft. Worth, Kings Warriors Ft. Worth, Team Addidas Hoops Colleyville (AAU), and Branch West, Orange County, CA (AAU). He played baseball for the National Home School All Star Team in Winter Haven, FL in 2005. While in high school, Coach Matt competed in both the state and national homeschool basketball tournaments, and the Homeschool Baseball World Series in Atlanta, GA. He won various all- tournament, all-state, all-American and MPV awards for both baseball and basketball.
Matthew has been a part-time personal baseball and basketball skills coach since 2007. He conducted children’s sports camps in Athens, Greece for the International Sports Federation in 2004, during the Olympics. He also coached a 10 and under Dallas Thunder boys team for the national tournament in 2008.
Joining the Thunder in 2011-2012 as the middle school boys coach fulfills a long-time dream. Coach Matt has a passion for sports, and is a serious student of the game of basketball. His Christian faith guides him in this, as in life.
Matt’s favorite scripture is Proverbs 3: 5-6.
14U/12U Girls Coach
Coach Eliot McClure graduated in 2009 with the Richardson Home School Group. He is currently attending
Coach McClure led our U12 girl’s team last year and they performed very well, including in the state and national tournaments. Coach McClure continues to grow as a coach and will this season lead our U14 girls as well as our U12 girls. Eliot is looking forward to this challenge and is very excited about what God has in store for our middle school girls during the upcoming 2011-2012 season.
His leadership skills have been very evident on and off the sports-field.
In high school he was a three year football captain, mentored and coached young boys in
Coach McClure strives to live a life pleasing to God first, Family second, School third, and Basketball forth. He believes in hard work and instilling in each player a desire to be all they can be in their spiritual walk with God. His favorite Scripture is Philippines 4:8 “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honorable, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”
We are so excited to have Coach McClure join our team and we look forward to enjoying watching our young girls thrive under his leadership!
10U Girls Coach
Joining the Thunder coaching staff to work with the newly forming 10u girls team will be Kim Rasbury
Kim’s athletic, coaching, and teaching experiences make her a great fit for the Thunder organization. As a basketball player at Mesquite High School, she was named District 9-5A Sophomore of the Year, as well as District MVP at the end of her senior year (also winning a district championship that season). Kim was also named MVP of the Dallas Dr. Pepper tournament during her junior year. She played multiple sports through high school, and her basketball success continued at East Texas State University (now Texas A&M Commerce) where she started for 3 seasons and was named Defensive Player of the Year in addition to receiving multiple awards for her academic performance throughout her college career (earning degrees in Biology and Kinesiology).
As a coach, Kim has shown her versatility and leadership qualities in multiple sports over the years. Returning to Mesquite High School after college, she taught Biology and took over the varsity softball program, leading the Skeeters deep into the state playoffs in her 2 nd year in that role. Kim also coached basketball and volleyball during her years at MHS. More recently, during the 2010-11 school year, she coached middle school basketball at Heritage Christian Academy in Rockwall, TX, helping her team achieve an undefeated record while also teaching elementary science.
Aside from the single year at HCA, Kim has spent much of the past 9 years as a home-school parent, teaching her three children and supporting them in their extra-curricular activities.
She has also spent multiple seasons coaching in the Upward basketball ministry at her church.
An important scripture in Kim's life is Psalm 103:1-5...
"Praise the Lord, oh my soul
All my inmost being, praise His holy name.
Praise the Lord, oh my soul
And forget not all His benefits -
Who forgives all your sins
And heals all your diseases,
Who redeems your life from the pit
And crowns you with love and compassion,
Who satisfies your desires with good things
So that your youth is renewed like the eagle's."
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SPRING SKILLS PROGRAM
2:00 - 4:00 PM
Forney Sports Center
12950 FM 1641
Forney, TX 75126
12:00 - 2:00 PM (Apr-May)
3:00 - 5:00 PM (Jun-Jul)
5702 Alpha Rd.
Dallas, TX 75240
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