- NAME: John Wooden
- OCCUPATION: Basketball Player, Coach
- BIRTH DATE: October 14, 1910
- DEATH DATE: June 04, 2010
- Did You Know?: A snowstorm prevented University of Minnesota officials from calling John Wooden to offer him the head basketball coach position before he accepted the UCLA job in 1948.
- Did You Know?: John Wooden became the first person to be inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame as both a player and as a coach.
- EDUCATION: Purdue University, Martinsville High School, Indiana State Teachers College
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Hall, Indiana
- PLACE OF DEATH: Los Angeles, California
- Full Name: John Robert Wooden
- AKA: John Wooden
- Nickname: The Wizard of Westwood
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American college basketball coach John Wooden won a record 10 national championships over a 12-year span at UCLA.
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They won seven straight championships with Lew Alcindor—later known as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar—and then Bill Walton anchoring the center position, gaining three undefeated seasons along the way. Wooden was inducted to the Basketball Hall of Fame again in 1973 for his remarkable coaching accomplishments,
making him the first person to be honored as a player and coach.
UCLA's record 88-game winning streak and string of championships ended in 1974, but the team rebounded the following year to give Wooden one more title before his retirement. "The Wizard of Westwood" ended his 29-year college head coaching career with a 664-162 record and an amazing .804 winning percentage, as well a record 10 national championships.
Wooden remained an influential figure on the sidelines of the game even after losing Riley to cancer in 1985. He received the Reagan Distinguished American Award in 1995 and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2003, and co-wrote multiple books with Steve Jamison after turning 90.
Wooden was admitted to the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center on May 26, 2010, and died of natural causes on June 4, four months shy of his 100th birthday. He was survived by his two children, seven grandchildren, and thousands of former players, coaches and friends who took the great teacher's life lessons to heart.
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