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John Wooden
Head coach
Personal information
Date of birth October 14, 1910
Place of birth Hall, Indiana
Nationality U.S. Flag.png American
Date of death June 4, 2010 (aged 99)
Career information
Overall record 664-162
Titles 10 (NCAA)
Pro career 1946-1975
Career history
1946-1948 Indiana State
1948-1975 UCLA
Career highlights and awards
  • 2006 College Basketball Hall of Fame
  • 1973 Basketball Hall of Fame as a Coach
  • 6 time NCAA College Basketball Coach of the Year
  • 1964 Henry Iba Award Coach of the Year
John Wooden
Guard
Personal information
Date of birth October 14, 1910
Place of birth Hall, Indiana
Nationality U.S. Flag.png American
Date of death June 4, 2010 (aged 99)
Career information
College Purdue
Career history
N/A Indianapolis Jets
Career highlights and awards
John Wooden at NBA.com

John Robert Wooden (October 14, 1910 – June 4, 2010)[1] was an American basketball player and coach. Nicknamed the "Wizard of Westwood", he won ten NCAA national championships in a 12-year period — seven in a row[2] — as head coach at UCLA, an unprecedented feat.[3][4] Within this period, his teams won a record 88 consecutive games.[2] He was named national coach of the year six times.

As a player, Wooden was the first to be named basketball All-American three times and he won a national championship at Purdue. Wooden was named a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame as a player (inducted in 1961) and as a coach (in 1973), the first person ever enshrined in both categories. Only Lenny Wilkens and Bill Sharman have since had the same honor.[5]

He was one of the most revered coaches[2] and was beloved by his former players, among them Kareem Abdul Jabbar and Bill Walton. Wooden was renowned for his short, simple inspirational messages to his players, including his "Pyramid of Success." These often were directed at how to be a success in life as well as in basketball.[2]

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