UCLA Coach John Wooden
Dedicated to My Husband an eternal fan of UCLA coach John Wooden
This is dedicated to my husband who has loved John Wooden from the very first moment he heard him speak, when he was a boy. As a young boy my husband attended one of the "Final Four" games at the LA Sports Arena, with his father, when Bill Walton was the player to watch and John Wooden was in his height of victory. Even today as he recalls this moment, a smile appears on his face, his excitement level increases, and he breaks into a rousing chorus of the UCLA Bruins fight song. Last week as my husband attended a UCLA basketball game, I believe the highlight of the game for him still, was to see, once again, his hero John Wooden in attendance at the game. In my husbands own words, "He's awesome! He's THE MAN!"
Coach John Wooden at UCLA
John Wooden, The Legend
Legendary Coach and Teacher, John Wooden
When it comes to the game of college basketball, one name stands out as a legend, and that is John Wooden. Despite the fact that his statistics make him legendary concerning the game, his values and coaching skills prove him legendary even when it comes to "game of life."
How it all Began... for John Wooden.
Born in 1910 in Indiana, John was raised on a farm until the family fell on hard times and moved to the small town of Martinsville, in 1924. It was here that John started his long career in basketball as he played on his Martinsville High School basketball team, coached by an early mentor, Glenn Curtis.
John Wooden playing for Purdue University
John Wooden in the Hall of Fame
After winning many Indiana State Championships and moving on from high school, John enrolled in Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. It was here he played basketball for the school with the coaching guidance of Piggy Lambert. John stated, "The greatest influence on me both from the standpoint of playing and coaching, Coach Lambert had a fetish for details." At Purdue, John's basketball career skyrocketed.
Nicknamed "The Indiana Rubber Man" for his suicidal dives on the hard court, he was enshrined in the Hall of Fame, and received the Big Ten medal for excellence in scholarship. Wooden was only one of two men to ever be enshrined in the Hall of Fame as both a player and as a coach.
John and Nellie
Nellie Riley, John Wooden's wife.
Then in August of 1932 he married his high school sweetheart, Nellie Riley and officially became "Coach" John Wooden as he accepted a job as Athletic Director, Coach, and English teacher at Dayton High School, in Kentucky. It was here with the Dayton "Green Devils" that Wooden experienced his first, and only, losing season as a coach ever. From Kentucky he and Nellie moved back to South Bend, Indiana where John continued teaching and coaching, until he entered the US Navy during WWII.
After the war, Coach Wooden continued to coach at Indiana State. In 1946 Coach Wooden rejected the invitation to compete in the NAIA Tournament because of the exclusion of the African-American players, but in 1947 after winning the conference title again for Indiana State, accepts the invitation because of policy change. It was in this tournament, Clarence Walker, a reserve guard for Indiana State, became the first black player to play in a NAIA tournament.
- John Wooden Profile -- Academy of Achievement
John Wooden coined his own definition of success. By the standards of the Basketball Hall of Fame, his own success is unique. He is the only person in history to be enshrined there twice.
- John Wooden
John Wooden coached the basketball team at UCLA for 27 years. Under his leadership, the Bruins won 620 games and lost just 147. They won ten NCAA championships, and went undefeated through four different complete seasons.
John Wooden still an Icon for the UCLA Bruins
UCLA Bruins Coach, John Wooden
In 1948 Coach Wooden age 37 moved his wife and young family to southern California, and became the head coach for the UCLA Bruins. Wooden made this observation, "I had hoped to take the job at the University of Minnesota, but a snowstorm knocked out telephone lines there and they didn't call back at 6pm as they had promised. UCLA called about fifteen minutes later and offered the job. I really wanted to go to Minnesota, but I thought they had changed their mind. Nellie and I hated to leave the Midwest." This move was the beginning of a fantastic coaching career with record winning steaks for UCLA until he retired from coaching in March of 1975.
John Wooden was the author of the Pyaramid of Success
After John Wooden retired, he still took an interest in the game of basketball, but additionally he continued to focus on applying his highly successful skills as coach, to the game of life. Famous for his "Pyramid of Success", Wooden makes the formula for success applicable for any chosen facet of life. Becoming an author, Wooden produced many instructional books on winning, not only in the game but in life. His books "Inch and Miles; The Journey To Success", a children's book based on his philosophies and The Pyramid of Success, and "Wooden On Leadership" give instructions for success in any area.
Pyramid of Success one of the most positive training techniques developed by John Wooden
Pyramid of Success
- The John R. Wooden Course
a professional and personal development curriculum based on the principles of legendary basketball coach John Wooden.
John Wooden and President Bush
Awards that have been given to John Wooden are many
Wooden has received many accolades and honors over his distinguished career, including "Coach of the 20 Century" awarded in 1999 by ESPN, and culminating with the highest honor, The Presidential Medal of Freedom, given to him at the White House in 2003.
Winning the Game part of life for John Wooden
In the game of basketball and in the "game of life" John Wooden has proven to be a legend. His conduct has always been of the highest moral character. Opposing the infamous tactics of Bobby Knight, who when he was angered started throwing chairs and making a scene, Wooden would remain calm only giving away his mood of frustration by "rolling his program" in his hands as he watched his team play. His winning spirit and exhibition of high values shows that his "12 Lessons in Leadership" and "Pyramid of Success" are simply his way of life, and that is what a legend is made of.
Quotes from John Wooden
Material possessions, winning scores, and great reputations are meaningless in the eyes of the Lord, because He knows what we really are and that is all that matters.
Talent is God given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful.
There are many things that are essential to arriving at true peace of mind, and one of the most important is faith, which cannot be acquired without prayer.
John Wooden Winner
Quotes By John Wooden
- John Wooden Quotes
32 quotes and quotations by John Wooden
- John Wooden Quotes
Success is peace of mind which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you did your best to become the best you are capable of becoming. John Wooden
- John Wooden: UCLA Coaching Legend
UCLA's basketball program has the international reputation of being No. 1. There is a major reason for that his name is John Robert Wooden, who announced his retirement after the 1974-75 season (his 27th campaign) as the Bruins' head coach.
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