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John Robert Wooden
Birth: Oct. 14, 1910
Hall
Morgan County
Indiana, USA
Death: Jun. 4, 2010
Westwood
Los Angeles County
California, USA

College Basketball Coach. Born in the upper Midwest, he is widely regarded among his peers as the greatest coach in the history of college basketball. He is best remembered for his 27-year coaching career at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Prior to coaching at UCLA he was an All-State player at Martinsville High School in Indiana, where he led his team to the state championship in 1927 and second place finishes in the 1926 and 1928 state finals. Wooden moved up to collegiate basketball at Purdue University, leading the Boilermakers to the national championship in 1932 and two Big-Ten conference championships; he was named as a three time All-American from 1930 to 1932 and as "National Player of the Year" by the Helms Athletic Foundation (1932). Following college he coached high school basketball in Dayton, Kentucky and South Bend, Indiana, spent several years playing semi-professional basketball, and served in the US Navy during World War II. In 1946 he accepted the head coaching position at Indiana State University in Terre Haute, where he led the Sycamores to 47 victories and 14 losses over the next two years. In 1948 he accepted the head coaching position at UCLA. Nicknamed "The Wizard of Westwood", Wooden led the UCLA Bruins to ten National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) championships, including seven in a row between the years 1966 and 1973. He also led the Bruins to 19 Pacific-10 conference championships, 88 consecutive victories over four seasons, 38 consecutive NCAA tournament victories, and four undefeated seasons. He retired as coach of the Bruins following the 1974-75 seasons, compiling a 620 and 147 win-loss record while at UCLA. Wooden was named "NCAA Basketball Coach of the Year" in 1964, 1967, 1969, 1970, 1972, and 1973, and "Sports Man of the Year" by the "Sporting News" and "Sports Illustrated" for the years 1970 and 1973 respectively. He was the first person inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame as both a player (1961) and coach (1973). He died at the UCLA Medical Center, four months shy of his 100th birthday. (bio by: Nils M. Solsvik Jr.) 
 
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 Parents:
  Joshua Hugh Wooden (1882 - 1950)
  Roxanna Anne Rothrock Wooden (1887 - 1959)
 
 Spouse:
  Nellie Carlotta Riley Wooden (1911 - 1985)
 
 Siblings:
  Maurice Leroy Wooden (1907 - 1985)*
  Harriett Cordelia Wooden (1909 - 1913)*
  John Robert Wooden (1910 - 2010)
  infant daughter Wooden (1913 - 1913)*
  Daniel Joshua Wooden (1917 - 1997)*
  William Hugh Wooden (1922 - 2001)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Hollywood Hills)
Los Angeles
Los Angeles County
California, USA
Plot: The Courts of Remembrance section, Wall Elevation 15, Wall Crypt 4320
 
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Originally Created by: A.J. Marik
Record added: Jun 04, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 53261713
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A wonderful husband,father and coach. You were a class act and very hard to follow.A gentleman and a gentle man...may your soul rest in peace. Job well done Coach.
- sjb
 Added: Apr. 5, 2016
"It is the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen." -Coach Wooden
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- J Spencer
 Added: Feb. 6, 2016
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