Sunday, December 17th, 2017

Video~Tribute To Legendary Basketball Coach John Wooden (1910-2010)

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john wooden 182x300 Video~Tribute To Legendary Basketball Coach John Wooden (1910 2010)He was a huge influencer, contributor and mentor to the baby boomer generation of the men and women’s lives he touched. There will never be another coach that has as much influence off the court as on it.

“Success is never final,

Failure is never fatal

It’s courage that counts.”

“A coach is someone who can give correction,

without causing resentment.”

“I have always tried to make it clear that basketball is not the ultimate. It is of small importance in comparison to the total life we live. There is only one kind of life that truly wins, and that is the one that places faith in the hands of the Savior.”

“If I were ever prosecuted for my religion, I truly hope there would be enough evidence to convict me.”

~John Wooden Legendary Basketball Coach, UCLA Bruins (The Wizard of Westwood)

During his tenure with the Bruins, Wooden became known as the “Wizard of Westwood” (although he personally disdained the nickname) and gained lasting fame with UCLA by winning 620 games in 27 seasons and 10 NCAA titles during his last 12 seasons, including seven 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 and a record 98 straight home game wins at Pauley Pavilion. Wooden was named NCAA College Basketball’s “Coach of the Year” in 1964,1967, 1969, 1970,1971, 1972, and 1973. 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 (shared with Billie Jean King). Wooden coached his final game in Pauley Pavilion on March 1, 1975, in a 93–59 victory over Stanford. Four weeks later he surprisingly announced his retirement following a 75–74 NCAA semi-final victory, over Louisville and before his 10th national championship game victory over Kentucky. He was named to the Basketball Hall of Fame as a coach in 1973, becoming the first to be honored as both a player and a coach.

“He never made more than $35,000 a year salary (not including camps and speaking engagements), including 1975, the year he won his 10th national championship, and never asked for a raise,” wrote Rick Reilly of ESPN. He was given a Bruin powder blue Mercedes that season as a retirement gift.[40] According to his own writings, Wooden turned down an offer to coach the Los Angeles Lakers from owner Jack Kent Cooke that may have been ten times what UCLA was paying him.

Wooden remained devoted to Nellie, even decades after her death, until Wooden’s own death. Since her death, he kept to a monthly ritual (health permitting)—on the 21st, he visited her grave, and then wrote a love letter to her. After completing the letter, he placed it in an envelope and added it to a stack of similar letters that accumulated over the years on the pillow she slept on during their life together.

In mourning Nellie’s death, Wooden was comforted by his faith. He was a Christian for many years and his beliefs were more important to him than basketball, “I have always tried to make it clear that basketball is not the ultimate. It is of small importance in comparison to the total life we live. There is only one kind of life that truly wins, and that is the one that places faith in the hands of the Savior.” Wooden’s faith strongly influenced his life. He read the Bible daily and attended the First Christian Church. He said that he hopes his faith is apparent to others, “If I were ever prosecuted for my religion, I truly hope there would be enough evidence to convict me.”


One of my favorite books of John Wooden’s is…Coach Wooden’s Pyramid of Success: Building Blocks For a Better Life Video~Tribute To Legendary Basketball Coach John Wooden (1910 2010)

John Wooden’s Biography is…They Call Me Coach Video~Tribute To Legendary Basketball Coach John Wooden (1910 2010)


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