John Robert Wooden

John Robert Wooden

Birth
Hall, Morgan County, Indiana, USA
Death 4 Jun 2010 (aged 99)
Westwood, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Plot The Courts of Remembrance section, Wall Elevation 15, Wall Crypt 4320
Memorial ID 53261713 · View Source
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Hall of Fame 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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  • Added: 4 Jun 2010
  • Find a Grave Memorial 53261713
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for John Robert Wooden (14 Oct 1910–4 Jun 2010), Find a Grave Memorial no. 53261713, citing Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Hollywood Hills), Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .