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 Legendary Basketball Coach and Motivator   

Past Seasons





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If there is one thing that defines college basketball-coaching legend John Wooden’s life, it is this – winning.   Wooden’s career is unmatched in collegiate basketball history.  UCLA’s basketball program gained the worldwide reputation of being rated number one.  The major reason was head basketball coach Wooden, who announced his retirement in 1975 after his 27th season as the Bruins’ head coach with the winningest record in basketball history.

Wooden concluded his 40th year as a head coach in 1975 with a record of 885 wins, 203 losses, and an unequaled winning percentage of 813.  In his 27 years at UCLA, his teams registered 620 wins against only 147 losses.

“The Wizard of Westwood” is the only coach to compile four undefeated seasons of 30-0, and his teams also captured 16 conference championships (one of the records Coach Wooden is most proud of), all at UCLA. 

He has been honored time and time again as a basketball player, coach , expert motivational speaker, but most of all as a man of immense integrity and a true American hero.

Born in Martinsville, Indiana on October 14, 1910, Wooden attended high school there and won All-State prep honors in basketball for three years, leading Martinsville High to the State title in 1927 and the runner-up spot in 1926 and 1928.

At Purdue University, he won letters in basketball and baseball as a freshman, then went on to win All-American honors as a basketball guard in 1930-31-32.  He captained Purdue’s great teams in 1931 and 1932, and led the team to two Big Ten titles and the 1932 National Collegiate Championship.  As an English major, his name was inscribed on Purdue’s academic honor roll.

Shortly after graduating from Purdue in 1932, he began a high school teaching career at Dayton, Kentucky High School, where he coached all sports.  Two years later, he returned to South Bend Central High School in Indiana, where he coached basketball, baseball and tennis, and also taught English for nine years.  His impressive 11-year prep coaching record was 218 wins and only 42 losses.

World War II interrupted his coaching career.  From 1943 to 1946, he served in the U.S. Navy with rank of full lieutenant.  Following his discharge in 1946, he went to Indiana State University to become their athletic director and to coach their basketball and baseball teams for two seasons prior to heeding the call from UCLA.  

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