Saturday, June 5, 2010

Wizard of Westwood

There is probably no one in the state of Indiana over the age of eight who does not know who John Wooden was. Championship high school basketball star, All-American, Purdue University.
Wooden's life was devoted to the game, but more importantly to the teaching of ethics and proper living.

As head coach at UCLA, Wooden led the Bruins to 10 NCAA championships, of which seven were in consecutive years. He coached for 27 years and at one point had 88 consecutive wins!

Family man, teacher, coach, author, Wooden is held up by parents as the kind of man they want their sons to grow up to be. Story here:

John Wooden October 14, 1910 - June 4, 2010 RIP

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Lin said...

Joe asked me the other night if I knew who he was, but alas, I did not. He was sad to hear of his passing as well. Us girls don't know about coaches too much.

vanilla said...

That's okay, Lin. I don't know much about a lot of them, but Mr. Wooden was the quintessential gentleman and taught his charges precepts for proper living. He had, it is said, three rules for his players: no profanity, no tardiness, no criticism of fellow-players.