John Robert Wooden was an American basketball coach and player. Nicknamed the "Wizard of Westwood", he won ten National Collegiate Athletic Association national championships in a 12-year period as head coach for the UCLA Bruins, including a record seven in a row. No other team has won more than four in a row in Division I college men's or women's basketball. Within this period, his teams won an NCAA men's basketball record 88 consecutive games. Wooden won the prestigious Henry Iba Award as national coach of the year a record seven times and won the AP award five times.
|Born||October 14, 1910|
|Died||June 4, 2010 (aged 99)|
Los Angeles, California
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|1935–1944||South Bend Central HS|
|Administrative career (AD unless noted)|
|Head coaching record|
|Overall||664–162 (college basketball)|
7–7 (college baseball)
|Accomplishments and honors|
|Basketball Hall of Fame|
Inducted in 1960 (as a player) 1973 (as a coach)
|College Basketball Hall of Fame|
Inducted in 2006
From 1964 through 1975, legendary basketball coach who guided UCLA to ten national titles. He was named NCAA College Basketball Coach of the Year six times and was inducted into the Basketball and College Basketball Halls of Fames.
He was married to Nellie Riley from 1932 until her death in 1985.
During his time at Martinsville High School, he reached the state championship finals three times in a row. From 1929 through 1932, he played collegiate basketball for Purdue University.
He was dubbed the Wizard of Westwood, for his constant ability to combine positive thinking with winning strategy.
He was loved by many of the players he coached, one of those being Kareem Abdul-Jabbar , then known as Lew Alcindor.
● John Wooden was born on October 14, 1910 (age 99) in Hall, Indiana, United States ● He is a celebrity coach ● His popular books are They call me coach (1972), Wooden on Leadership: How to Cr... (2005), Coach Wooden's Leadersh... (2009), My Personal Best: Life... (2004) and The Pyramid of Success... (1995) ● In His career, John Wooden has achieved an Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year● He died on June 4, 2010, Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA
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