John Wooden


John Wooden

College coach infobox
Name = John Wooden


Caption = John Wooden at a ceremony on his 96th birthday
DateOfBirth = birth date and age|1910 |10|14
Birthplace = Hall, Indiana, USA
Sport = Basketball
College =
Title = Head coach
CurrentRecord =
OverallRecord = 671-161 (.807)
Awards = 2006 founding class, College Basketball Hall of Fame
1972 National Basketball Hall of Fame as a Coach
6 time NCAA College Basketball Coach of the Year
1930 Basketball All-American
1931 Basketball All-American
1932 Basketball All-American
1932 College Basketball Player of the Year
1960 National Basketball Hall of Fame as a Player
1964 Henry Iba Award Coach of the Year
Championships = As player:
*1932 National Championship
As coach:
*1964 NCAA National Championship
*1965 NCAA National Championship
*1967 NCAA National Championship
*1968 NCAA National Championship
*1969 NCAA National Championship
*1970 NCAA National Championship
*1971 NCAA National Championship
*1972 NCAA National Championship
*1973 NCAA National Championship
*1975 NCAA National Championship
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Player = Y
Years = 1929-32
Team = Purdue University
Position = Guard
Coach = Y
CoachYears = 1946-48
1948-75
CoachTeams = Indiana State University
UCLA
BBallHOF = 1961
CBBallHOF = 2006

John Robert Wooden (born October 14 1910) is a retired American basketball coach. He is a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame as both a player (class of 1961) and as a coach (class of 1973). He was the first person ever enshrined in both categories; only Lenny Wilkens and Bill Sharman have since been so honored. His 10 NCAA National Championships in 12 years while at UCLA are unmatched by any other college basketball coach.

High school and college

Born in the small town of Hall, Indiana to Roxie Anna and Joshua Hugh Wooden, Wooden moved with his family to a small farm in Centerton in 1918. As a boy one of his role models was Fuzzy Vandivier of the Franklin Wonder Five, a legendary basketball team that dominated Indiana high school basketball from 1919 to 1922. After his family moved to the town of Martinsville when he was 14, he led the High School team to the state championship finals for three consecutive years, winning the tournament in 1927. He was a three time All-State selection. After graduating in 1928, he attended Purdue University, located in West Lafayette, Indiana, where he was a three-time All-American guard. He helped lead the Boilermakers to the 1932 National Championship, as determined by a panel vote rather than an NCAA Tournament which began in 1939. [National Champions were named by the Helms Athletic Foundation. The NCAA did not officially recognize a champion until 1939.)] John Wooden was named All-Big Ten and All-Midwestern (1930-32) while at Purdue University where he was coached by Piggy Lambert. He was also selected for membership in the Beta Theta Pi fraternity. Wooden is also an honorary member of the International Co-Ed Fraternity Alpha Phi Omega. Wooden was nicknamed "The Indiana Rubber Man" for his suicidal dives on the hardcourt. He graduated from Purdue in 1932 with a degree in English, and later earned his Master's Degree at Indiana State Teacher's College (now Indiana State University) where he spent 1946-48 as athletic director and basketball coach.

After college, Wooden spent several years playing professionally with the Indianapolis Kautskys (later the Indianapolis Jets), Whiting Ciesar All-Americans, and Hammond Ciesar All-Americans while teaching and coaching in the high school ranks. During one 46 game stretch he made 134 consecutive free throws. He was named to the NBL's First Team for the 1937-38 season. In 1942 he enlisted in the Navy where he gained the rank of lieutenant during World War II.

Family

John Wooden met his future wife, Nellie Riley, at a carnival in July 1926.cite web|url=http://www.coachjohnwooden.com/| title=Coach John Wooden official website |accessdate=2008-03-06] They married in a small ceremony in Indianapolis in August 1932. Afterwards, they attended a Mills Brothers concert at the Circle Theatre to celebrate. John had three brothers; Maurice, Daniel, and William. His two sisters died before reaching the age of three. One was unnamed and died in infancy, while Cordelia died from diphtheria when she was 2.cite web|url=http://www.nndb.com/people/312/000028228/ |title=John Wooden at www.nndb.com|accessdate=2008-03-07] John and his wife had a son, James Hugh Wooden, and one daughter, Nancy Anne Muehlhausen. Nellie died on March 21, 1985 from cancer.

Coaching career

High school

Wooden coached two years at Dayton High School in Kentucky. His first year at Dayton would be the only time he had a losing record (6-11). After Dayton, he returned to Indiana, teaching English and coaching basketball at South Bend Central High School until entering the Armed Forces. His high school coaching record was 218-42.

Indiana State University

After the war, Wooden coached at Indiana State University in Terre Haute, Indiana from 1946 to 1948, succeeding his high school coach, Glenn Curtis, who became head coach of the professional Detroit Falcons. Wooden also coached baseball and served as athletic director. In 1947, Wooden's basketball team won the conference title and received an invitation to the NAIB National Tournament in Kansas City. Wooden refused the invitation citing the NAIB's policy banning African American players. A member on the Indiana State Sycamores' team was Clarence Walker, an African-American athlete from East Chicago, Indiana. In 1948 the NAIB changed this policy and Wooden guided his team to the NAIB final, losing to Louisville. That year, Walker became the first African-American to play in any post-season intercollegiate basketball tournament. John Wooden was inducted into the Indiana State University Athletic Hall of Fame on February 3, 1984.

UCLA

During his tenure with the Bruins, Wooden became known as the "Wizard of Westwood" (although he personally "hated" the nickname) and gained lasting fame with UCLA by winning 665 games in 27 seasons and 10 NCAA titles during his last 12 seasons, including 7 in a row from 1967 to 1973. His UCLA teams also had a record winning streak of 88 games and four perfect 30-0 seasons. They also won 38 straight games in NCAA Tournaments. In 1967 he was named the Henry Iba Award USBWA College Basketball Coach of the Year. In 1972, he received Sports Illustrated magazine's Sportsman of the Year award. Wooden coached his final game in Pauley Pavilion March 1st, 1975 in a 93-59 victory over Stanford. Four weeks later he would surprisingly announce his retirement following a 75-74 NCAA semi-final victory, over Louisville, and before his 10th national championship game victory, over Kentucky.

UCLA had actually been Wooden's second choice for a coaching position in 1948. He had also been pursued for the head coaching position at the University of Minnesota, and it was his and wife's desire to remain in the Midwest. But inclement weather in Minnesota prevented Wooden from receiving the scheduled phone offer from the Golden Gophers. Thinking they had lost interest, Wooden accepted the head coaching job with the Bruins instead. Officials from the University of Minnesota contacted Wooden right after he accepted the position at UCLA, but he declined their offer because he had given his word to the Bruins.

Head coaching record

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The Wooden Championships

Legacy

The John Wooden era at UCLA is unrivaled in terms of national championships. The next-closest school, Tennessee Lady Volunteers basketball has won 8 championships with the next-winningest coach, Pat Summitt. Adolph Rupp won four national championships; Bob Knight and Mike Krzyzewski have three titles each and Bobby Knight has an undefeated season (Wooden had four; no other coach has more than one).

UCLA celebrates John Wooden Day every February 29.

Honors

Since 1977, one of the four college basketball player of the year awards has been named the John R. Wooden Award.

Two annual doubleheader men's basketball events called the "John R. Wooden Classic" [ [http://www.woodenclassic.com/ John R. Wooden Classic.] ] and "The Wooden Tradition" [ [http://www.woodentradition.com/ The Wooden Tradition.] ] are held in Wooden's honor.The 95,000 square foot John Wooden recreation center on the UCLA campus for student intramural athletics is named after legendary basketball coach John Wooden. The facility also serves as an alternate training facility for UCLA's intercollegiate gymnastics and volleyball teams.

A continuation school in the Los Angeles Unified School District is called the John R. Wooden High School, located in Reseda, California [ [http://web.mac.com/jrwhs/Site/Breakfast_with_Coach.html Coach Wooden with J. R. Wooden High School Students] ] .

In 2003, UCLA dedicated the basketball court in Pauley Pavilion in honor of John and Nell Wooden. Wooden also has the gym at Martinsville High School and the student recreation center at UCLA named in his honor. Named the "Nell & John Wooden Court," Wooden asked for the change from the original proposal of the "John & Nell Wooden Court," insisting that his wife's name should come first. [ [http://www.today.ucla.edu/2003/031209campus_woodens.html Courtly tribute to the Woodens] ] In January 2007, UCLA announced that it was in the planning stages of renovating Pauley Pavilion, with the goal of opening the renovated facility on Wooden's 100th birthday, October 14, 2010.

On July 23, 2003, John Wooden received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor. It was presented by George W. Bush after a three year campaign by Andre McCarter, who was on Wooden's 1975 National Championship team.

December 18, 2005, Congressman Brad Sherman introduced a legislation that would rename a San Fernando Valley post office in honor of Wooden. The post office near Wooden's long-time home in Encino had already been named in 2002 for Los Angeles Lakers broadcaster Chick Hearn. However, Coach Wooden's daughter, Nancy Muehlhausen, lives in nearby Reseda. On August 17, 2006, it was announced that President George W. Bush had signed the legislation [ [http://uclabruins.cstv.com/sports/m-baskbl/spec-rel/081706aaa.html/ UCLABruins.com] ] enacting Sherman's proposal into law. The post office at 7320 Reseda Boulevard was named the Coach John Wooden Post Office on October 14, 2006 - Wooden's 96th birthday.

To this day, Wooden retains the title Head Men's Basketball Coach Emeritus at UCLA [ [http://www.directory.ucla.edu/search.php UCLA Directory] ] , and attends most home games.

On November 17, 2006, Wooden was recognized for his impact on college basketball as a member of the founding class of the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame. He was one of five, along with Oscar Robertson, Bill Russell, Dean Smith and Dr. James Naismith, selected to represent the inaugural class [ [http://nabc.cstv.com/sports/m-baskbl/spec-rel/111806aaa.html Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame to induct founding class :: Naismith, Robertson, Russell, Smith, and Wooden are the five inductees representing the founding class at the inaugural induction ceremony ] ] .

ESPN's show Who's Number 1? ranked John Wooden as the greatest coach of all time in any sport.

On May 20, 2008, Wooden was honored with a commemorative bronze plaque in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Memorial Court of Honor. His UCLA basketball team played six seasons in the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena.

Following Wooden

Many would argue that subsequent UCLA coaches have been plagued by the success of Wooden. Wooden's heir at UCLA, Gene Bartow, went 28-5 in 1976 and lost in the national semi-finals, won 85.2% of his games (compared to Wooden's 80.8%) in two years, yet received death threats from unsatisfied UCLA fans. Wooden himself has often joked about being a victim of his own success, calling his successors on the phone and playfully identifying himself ominously as "we the alumni...". In his autobiography, Wooden recounts walking off the court after his last game coaching in 1975, having just won his tenth title, only to have a UCLA fan walk up and say, "Great win coach, this makes up for letting us down last year" (UCLA had lost in the semi-finals in 1974) [Wooden, John. "They Call Me Coach ." McGraw-Hill, 2004. ISBN 0-07-142491-1]

Four coaches left UCLA in the nine years following Wooden.

One former UCLA head coach, ESPN analyst Steve Lavin (fired from UCLA in 2003), has called this post-Wooden phenomenon a "pathology," and believes that every basketball coach will eventually be fired or forced out from UCLA.

UCLA went 20 years after Wooden's retirement before winning another national basketball championship, finally hanging a banner again in 1995 under coach Jim Harrick. Harrick was terminated by UCLA for an NCAA violation 18 months later.

In 2006, Ben Howland led the team back to the national championship game for the first time since the 1995 title game. On April 3rd, 2006, Wooden spent three days in a Los Angeles hospital receiving treatment for diverticulitis. [cite web |url=http://www.usatoday.com/sports/college/mensbasketball/2006-04-06-wooden-released_x.htm |title=John Wooden goes home from hospital] He was hospitalized again in 2007 for bleeding in the colon. He was released to go home on April 14th and his daughter was quoted as saying her father was "doing well". [cite web |title=Wooden released from hospital |url=http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/18026874/ |date=2007-04-16 |accessdate=2007-10-19]

Wooden was hospitalized on March 1, 2008 after a spill in his home caused him to fall. Wooden broke his left wrist and his collarbone in the fall, but remains in good condition according to his daughter.

even Point Creed

John Wooden's Seven Point Creed [http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/eticket/story?page=wooden] , given to him by his father Joshua upon his graduation from grammar school:

*Be true to yourself.
*Make each day your masterpiece.
*Help others.
*Drink deeply from good books, especially the Bible.
*Make friendship a fine art.
*Build a shelter against a rainy day.
*Pray for guidance and give thanks for your blessings every day.

Wooden also has authored a lecture and a book about the Pyramid of Success. [ [http://www.woodencourse.com/woodens_wisdom.html The John R. Wooden Course ] ] The Pyramid of Success consists of philosophical building blocks for winning at basketball and at life. He is also the author of several other books about basketball and life.

Quotes

* "Be quick, but don't hurry."Wooden, John, "Wooden on Leadership", First Ed., (c) 2005 ISBN 0-07-145339-3 pg. 154]
* "Failing to prepare is preparing to fail."
* "Don't mistake activity for achievement." [Wooden, John, "Wooden on Leadership", First Ed., (c) 2005 ISBN 0-07-145339-3 pg. 158]
* "Goodness Gracious, sakes alive!" [Goodrich, John, "On Wooden: Share The Ball; Think Beyond Yourself" in Wooden, John, "Wooden on Leadership", First Ed., (c) 2005 ISBN 0-07-145339-3 pg. 132, pg. 208]
* "Little things make big things happen." [Wooden, John, "Wooden on Leadership", First Ed., (c) 2005 ISBN 0-07-145339-3 pg. 135 (chapter title)]
* "Intensity makes you stronger. Emotionalism makes you weaker." [Wooden, John, "Wooden on Leadership", First Ed., (c) 2005 ISBN 0-07-145339-3 pg. 107]
* “If you don't have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?” [ [http://thinkexist.com/quotes/john_wooden/ John Wooden quotes ] ]

References

External links

* [http://youtube.com/watch?v=RHvWILGkvQM YouTube Video of Coach Wooden]
* [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w-FyRMpo824 YouTube Video of Coach Wooden reciting a poem about aging]
* [http://www.coachjohnwooden.com Coach John Wooden's Official Web Site]
* [http://www.hoophall.com/halloffamers/Wooden.htm Basketball Hall of Fame page on Wooden]
* [http://www.coachjohnwooden.com/pyramidpdf.pdf Pyramid of Success (Printable PDF)]
* [http://www.woodenaward.com/ The John R. Wooden Award]
* [http://uclabruins.collegesports.com/sports/m-baskbl/spec-rel/ucla-wooden-page.html John Wooden: A Coaching Legend - Official UCLA Basketball Site]
* [http://www.sacredhoops.com/john_wooden_quotes/index.html John Wooden quotes]
* [http://www.billwalton.com/wooden.html Bill Walton's tribute to Wooden]
* [http://uclabruins.collegesports.com/genrel/062200aac.html John Wooden Center - UCLA Recreation Facility]
* [http://www.woodencourse.com The Wooden Course - Designed to teach you Wooden's life philosophy]
* [http://www.abw.org/johnwooden The Coach Wooden Cup]
* [http://www.hofmag.com/content/view/440/30/ A Tribute to "Coach" at HallOfFameMagazine.com]
* 1967 [http://www.oscarrobertsontrophy.org/content/view/21/18/ Henry Iba Award Winner] Coach of the Year
* [http://www.leadernetwork.org/john_wooden_november_06.htm John Wooden leadership]
* [http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/j/john_wooden.html More John Wooden Quotes]
* [http://www.newsroom.ucla.edu/portal/ucla/electronicplay.aspx?fid=30554&id=E0C5478 Video: Coach John Wooden speaks about basketball, life and death]
* [http://www.newsroom.ucla.edu/portal/ucla/electronicplay.aspx?fid=30560&id=E0C5478 Video: Vin Scully talks about how he met Coach John Wooden]


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