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John Wooden

Born: Oct 14, 1910

Death: Jun 4, 2010

Birthplace: Hall

Profession: Writer

Nationality: United States

John Wooden

Date of Birth : Oct 14, 1910
Date of Death : Jun 4, 2010
Birth Place : Hall

John Robert Wooden was an American basketball player and coach. Nicknamed the "Wizard of Westwood," as head coach at UCLA he won ten NCAA national championships in a 12-year period, including an unprecedented seven in a row. Within this period, his teams won a men's basketball-record 88 consecutive games. Wooden's streak of seven consecutive NCAA Championships is even more remarkable and impressive because to this day no other coach or school has won the tournament more than two consecutive years. Wooden was named national coach of the year six times. As a 5' 10" guard, Wooden was the first to be named basketball All-American three times, and the 1932 Purdue team on which he played as a senior was retroactively recognized as the pre-NCAA Tournament national champion by the Helms Athletic Foundation and the Premo-Porretta Power Poll. Wooden was named a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame as a player and as a coach, the first person ever enshrined in both categories. Only Lenny Wilkens, Bill Sharman and Tommy Heinsohn have since been accorded the same honors.


  • Writer
  • Coach
  • Basketball player
  • Basketball Coach

Also known as

  • John R Wooden

Awards Won

  • Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year
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