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John Wooden


Legendary basketball coach who led UCLA to 10 nationwide titles from 1964 to 1975. He was a 6-period NCAA College Golf ball Coach of the entire year and he was inducted into both Golf ball Hall of Popularity and College Golf ball Hall of Popularity. He visited the state tournament finals three directly years during his playing times at Martinsville SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL. He then continued to play university golf ball at Purdue from 1929 to 1932. He was dubbed the Wizard of Westwood, for his continuous capability to combine positive considering with winning technique. He was wedded to Nellie Riley from 1932 until her loss of life in 1985. He was adored by lots of the players he coached, one particular becoming Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, after that referred to as Lew Alcindor.

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Full Name John Wooden
Date Of Birth October 14, 1910
Died June 4, 2010, Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles, California, United States
Place Of Birth Hall, IN
Height 1.78 m
Profession Basketball Coach
Education Indiana State University, Purdue University, Martinsville High School
Nationality American
Spouse Nellie Riley
Children Nancy Anne Muehlhausen, James Hugh Wooden
Parents Roxie Anna Wooden, Joshua Hugh Wooden
Siblings Daniel Wooden, William Wooden, Maurice Wooden, Harriet Cordelia Wooden
Movies Basketball Man, Man in the Glass: Dale Brown Story, March Madness: The Greatest Moments of the NCAA Tournament, College Basketball's 10 Greatest Teams
Star Sign Libra

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1Inducted into the Purdue University Intercollegiate Athletics Hall Of Fame in 1994, as a player (inaugural class).
2Inducted into the Indiana State University Athletics Hall of Fame in February 1984.
3Inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame in 1962 (inaugural class).
4Inducted into the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) Athletics Hall of Fame in 1984 (inaugural class).
5Inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006 (founding class).
6He was an English Major at Purdue University in Purdue, Indiana where he earned a Bachelor's degree in teaching. He taught at Dayton High School in Dayton, Kentucky for two years. He returned to South Bend, Indiana to taught English and coached basketball at South Bend Central High School in South Bend, Indiana. His record was 218-42.
7From 1943 to 1946, he served in the United States Navy during World War II as a physical education instructor. After his service, he was hired by Indiana State University in Bloomington, Indiana as athletic director, basketball coach, and baseball until 1948.
8Retired in 1975 after 27 years with a 620-147 record and a career record of 885-203, succeeded by Gene Bartow. In 2003, UCLA named its basketball floor Nell and John Wooden Court.
9His hometown of Martinsville, Indiana has John R. Wooden Drive and John R. Wooden Gymnasium at Martinsville High School. A college basketball player-of-the-year award is named in his honor. The mid-season John R. Wooden Classic features leading college teams.
10He is survived by his son, James Wooden of Orange County, California; a daughter Nancy Wooden of Los Angeles, California; seven grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.
11Son of Dutch-Irish farmers, Joshua Wooden and Roxie Wooden. He had three brothers. During his second year in high school, his family lost the farm in Hall, Indiana and moved to Martinsville, Indiana.
12His first basketball was a black cotton sock stuffed with rags by his mother. His first hoop was a tomato basket until his father forged a rim from the rings of a barrel.
13Ranked #16 on Sports Illustrated's '40 For the Ages'.
14Recipient of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame's John Bunn Award in 1974.
15Led Bruins to 19 PAC 10 championships.
16In his 27 years as UCLA's coach, Wooden compiled a 620-147 record and won 10 national titles, including seven in a row from 1967-1973.
17Led Bruins to four 30-0 seasons (1963-1964, 1966-1967, 1971-1972, 1972-1973).
18Led Indiana State to the conference title (1947) and the finals of the NAIA invitation (1948).
19Sports Illustrated Sports Man of the Year (1973).
20The Sporting News Sports Man of the Year (1970).
21NCAA College Basketball Coach of the Year six times (1964, 1967, 1969, 1970, 1972, 1973).
22During 40 years of coaching, he compiled a 885-203 (.813) record.
23Considered the greatest NCAA basketball head coach of all-time.
24Head coach for Indiana State University (1946-1948) and UCLA (1948-1975).
25Played for the Independent League's Indianapolis Kautskys (1932-1935), the Midwest Basketball Conference's Indianapolis Kautskys (1935-1937), and the National Basketball League's Whiting Ciesar All-Americans (1937-1938) and Hammond All-Americans (1938-1939).
26All-Big Ten and All-Midwestern (1930-1932).
27Guard for Purdue University in Indiana (1928-1932).
28Wooden was a three-time Helms Athletic Foundation All-America and named College Player of the Year in 1932.
29He enjoyed an All-State career at Martinsville High School.
30Enshrined into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1961 (as a player) and 1973 (as a coach). He was the first multiple inductee in the Hall.



John Wooden Memorium2009ShortStory Teller (voice)



Meet John Wooden2011Documentary very special thanks



Meet John Wooden2011DocumentaryHimself
On the Shoulders of Giants: The Story of the Greatest Team You Never Heard Of2010DocumentaryHimself
The UCLA Dynasty2007TV Movie documentaryHimself
Basketball Man2007Video documentaryHimself
ESPN 25: Who's #1?2004-2007TV Series documentaryHimself
Tavis Smiley2005TV SeriesHimself
Coach Wooden2005Documentary shortHimself
ESPN SportsCentury1999-2003TV Series documentaryHimself
Crossover2000Documentary shortHimself
UCLA & Los Angeles: A Legacy of Leadership1998ShortHimself
League of Legends1998TV MovieHimself
Greatest Sports Legends1977TV SeriesHimself

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Mike & Mike2016TV SeriesHimself - Basketball Hall of Famer
Jeopardy!2014TV SeriesHimself
Runnin' Rebels of UNLV2011TV Movie documentaryHimself
Rebels on the Run: The Rise and Fall of UNLV Basketball2005TV Movie documentaryHimself

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1[on control] I never preach religion to my players, but I won't tolerate profanity. This isn't for moral reasons. Profanity to me symbolizes loss of control; self-discipline is absolutely necessary to winning basketball.
2[on bravery] Success is never final. Failure is never fatal. It's courage that counts.
3Talent is God-given; be fruitful with it. Fame is man-given; be thankful for it. Conceit is self-given; be mindful of it.
4Failure is never fatal. But failure to change can and might be.
5Learn as if you'll live forever; live as if you'll die tomorrow.
6Young people need models, not critics.
7What's the main ingredient of stardom? The rest of the team.
8His creed: Be true to yourself. Make each day a masterpiece. Help others. Drink deeply from good books. Make friendship a fine art. Build a shelter against a rainy day.
9[on Sam Gilbert in 1989]: I warned them, but I couldn't pick their friends. I honestly felt Sam meant well.
10[on Bill Walton's hair]: Bill, that's not short enough. We're sure going to miss you on this team. Get on out of here.
11[In 1995 on this three main ideals]: One was to get his players in the best possible condition. Another was quickness. I wanted my centers to be quicker than my opposing center, the forwards quicker than their forwards, and so on. The third was teamwork. You better play together as a team or you sit. People ask me if I'd permit fancy things like dunks. Well, if they dunk, it was with no fancy flair. No behind-the-back dribbles or passes unless necessary. If it was for show, you were on the bench.
12Goodness gracious sakes alive!
13The thing I may be ashamed of more than anything else is having talked to opposing players. Not calling them names, but saying something like 'Keep your hands off him' or 'Don't be a butcher.'

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