John Wooden
Personal information
Born John Robert Wooden
October 14, 1910
Martinsville, Indiana
Died June 4, 2010 (aged 99)
Los Angeles, California
Coaching career
Overall record 664-162
Titles 10 (NCAA)
Coaching career 1946-1975 (30 years)
Playing career
High school Franklin (Franklin, Indiana)
Martinsville
(Martinsville, Indiana)
College Purdue (1929-1932)
Playing career 1929-1932 (3 years)
Position Guard
Career history
As player
1929-1932 Purdue
As coach
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 Robert Wooden (October 14, 1910 – June 4, 2010) was a former American college basketball player and Hall of Fame Head 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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