Harry Vines

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Harry Doyle Vines (September 12, 1938 – February 11, 2006) was a prominent member of the wheelchair basketball community, winning national and international championships.


Born in Caldwell, Arkansas and later residing in Sherwood, Arkansas, he served on several commissions and boards, including the Governor’s Commission on People with Disabilities and the Arkansas Community Service Commission. He was a member of the Little Rock Central High School Tigers and earned a high school All American award in 1957.[1] He played at Oklahoma City University, and upon graduation from OCU in 1961 became a basketball coach at Southwest Junior High in Little Rock.

In 1978, he began coaching a new wheelchair basketball team - the Arkansas Rollin' Razorbacks of the National Wheelchair Basketball Association (NWBA). Over the next 22 years, Vines led his team to 21 winning seasons. He coached the Rollin' Razorbacks to five national championships (1991, 1993, 1994, 1996 and 2000). Vines later coached US national teams in the World Cup and Paralympics.

In 1987, Harry coached the United States team in World Wheelchair Games (formerly known as the Stoke Mandeville Games) to its first world championship. In 1990, President George H. W. Bush awarded him with the President's Service Award (later known as the President's Community Service Award) for his outstanding volunteer contributions as a coach.

Harry had served the NWBA as Conference Commissioner of the Arkansas Valley Conference, 1st Vice President of the NWBA and President of the NWBA. In recent years, he was the NWBA representative on the Board of Directors to USA Basketball. Vines was inducted in the NWBA's Hall of Fame in 2001 and the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame in 2014.[2]


  1. ^ OBITUARIES >> 02-15-06: Harry Vines, Arkansas Leader, February 15, 2006. Accessed December 3, 2007. "He graduated from Little Rock Central High School in 1957. He was a member of the Central High basketball Tigers, leading the team to a Big 8 championship and earning a high school All American award in 1957."
  2. ^ "Eleven to be Inducted into the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame". Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame. December 22, 2013. Archived from the original on December 10, 2014. Retrieved March 1, 2014. 

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