Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

John Wooden dies at 99; UCLA basketball coach won 10 national titles
LA Times ^ | June 4, 2010 | Bill Dwyre and David Wharton

Posted on 06/04/2010 7:40:24 PM PDT by jazusamo

John Wooden, the UCLA basketball coach who became an icon of American sports while guiding the Bruins to an unprecedented 10 national championships in the 1960s and '70s and remained in the spotlight during retirement with his "Pyramid of Success" motivational program, has died. He was 99.

Though his fame extended beyond the sports world, it was Wooden's achievements during 27 seasons at UCLA that put him in the company of such legendary coaches as the Green Bay Packers' Vince Lombardi and Notre Dame's Knute Rockne.

Wooden's string of championships began with back-to-back victories in 1964 and '65. Starting in 1967, his team ran off seven consecutive NCAA titles -- going 38 tournament games without a loss -- a feat unmatched before or since in men's college basketball.

The Bruins won with such dominant big players as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Bill Walton. They also won with teams -- such as Wooden's last squad in 1974-75 -- that had no marquee stars.

(Excerpt) Read more at latimes.com ...


TOPICS: Breaking News; Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: athletics; coach; collegebasketball; johnwooden; obituary; ucla; wooden
Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-5051-90 next last
Rest In Peace Mr. Wooden.
1 posted on 06/04/2010 7:40:24 PM PDT by jazusamo
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: jazusamo

My heart dropped when I heard. Seemed like he lived his life well. God bless him.


2 posted on 06/04/2010 8:54:17 PM PDT by fkabuckeyesrule
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: jazusamo
Though his fame extended beyond the sports world, it was Wooden's achievements during 27 seasons at UCLA that put him in the company of such legendary coaches as the Green Bay Packers' Vince Lombardi and Notre Dame's Knute Rockne.

I would go out on a limb and say that Wooden is THE greatest coach of all time.

3 posted on 06/04/2010 8:54:22 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: jazusamo

I had the pleasure of meeting him and getting his autograph about ten years ago in California. That UCLA run is IMO the greatest sports record of all time.

I’ve spent the last half hour watching this clip several times, one of the greatest basketball games ever:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hLfCdIU3dC4


4 posted on 06/04/2010 8:54:57 PM PDT by A_Former_Democrat
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: jazusamo

The greatest Coach ever, an even better man / husband. He has his just reward and reunited with his beloved Wife.


5 posted on 06/04/2010 8:55:35 PM PDT by DAC21
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: jazusamo

I had the pleasure of meeting him and getting his autograph about ten years ago in California. That UCLA run is IMO the greatest sports record of all time.

I’ve spent the last half hour watching this clip several times, one of the greatest basketball games ever:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hLfCdIU3dC4


6 posted on 06/04/2010 8:55:36 PM PDT by A_Former_Democrat
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: jazusamo

Great coach, fine man-coached the fundamentals and just won, baby, won.


7 posted on 06/04/2010 8:56:00 PM PDT by izzatzo
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: jazusamo

bttt for a great coach!


8 posted on 06/04/2010 8:56:52 PM PDT by Balata
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: jazusamo

Prayers for a saintly man.


9 posted on 06/04/2010 8:57:04 PM PDT by Falconspeed ("Keep your fears to yourself, but share your courage with others." Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-94))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: jazusamo

bttt for a great coach!


10 posted on 06/04/2010 8:57:04 PM PDT by Balata
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: jazusamo

...


11 posted on 06/04/2010 8:57:29 PM PDT by doc1019 (Rush, Beck and others are giving us the dots; it is up to us to connect them.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: jazusamo

The years have left their imprint
On my hands and on my face
Erect no longer is my walk
And slower is my pace

But there is no fear within my heart
Because I’m growing old
I only wish I had more time
To better serve my Lord

When I’ve gone to Him in prayer
He has brought me inner peace
And soon my cares and worries
And other problems will cease

He has helped me in so many ways
He has never let me down
Why should I fear the future
When soon I could be near His crown

Though I know down here my time is short
There is endless time up there
And He will forgive and keep me
Ever in His loving care
http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=43772

Rest in Peace Coach Wooden.


12 posted on 06/04/2010 9:01:40 PM PDT by aSeattleConservative
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: jazusamo

He was a class act all the way. I really thought he would make it to the century mark.


13 posted on 06/04/2010 9:03:35 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: jazusamo
Rest In Peace Mr. Wooden.

Amen.

5.56mm

14 posted on 06/04/2010 9:10:33 PM PDT by M Kehoe
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Extremely Extreme Extremist
I would go out on a limb and say that Wooden is THE greatest coach of all time.

I absolutely agree!

Lived in So CA during his tenure and followed UCLA closely, he was a GREAT coach and a fine man.

15 posted on 06/04/2010 9:13:43 PM PDT by jazusamo (But there really is no free lunch, except in the world of political rhetoric,.: Thomas Sowell)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: A_Former_Democrat

Thanks for the link!


16 posted on 06/04/2010 9:15:28 PM PDT by jazusamo (But there really is no free lunch, except in the world of political rhetoric,.: Thomas Sowell)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: aSeattleConservative

AMEN!

Thanks


17 posted on 06/04/2010 9:16:48 PM PDT by jazusamo (But there really is no free lunch, except in the world of political rhetoric,.: Thomas Sowell)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 12 | View Replies]

To: jazusamo

A true gentlemen. Prayers for his family, friends, and all the many lives he touched as a coack.


18 posted on 06/04/2010 9:18:40 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd (PALIN/MCCAIN IN 2012 - barf alert? sarc tag? -- can't decide)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: jazusamo

I attended Coach’s basketball camp in the early ‘70s at Cal Lutheran College and Pepperdine U. He gave us all individual instruction in both basketball and life. ...something I’ll treasure forever. Wisest man I’ve ever met. One of my heroes.

RIP, Coach.


19 posted on 06/04/2010 9:26:30 PM PDT by Mr. Mojo
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: jazusamo

The greatest coach EVER to coach the game of basketball. First we lost the great Chick Hearn, now we lose John Wooden..both of their memories will NEVER be forgotten. Both are right now doing play-by-play from heaven. God Bless ya Coach


20 posted on 06/04/2010 9:26:42 PM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: jazusamo
The greatest! The greatest coach ...... the greatest man.

RIP

21 posted on 06/04/2010 9:30:00 PM PDT by ICAB9USA (I lost part of my middle finger .......... it almost rendered me mute. -- Rahm Emanuel)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: jazusamo

Great coach, wonderful and devoted husband. Makes he rest in peace with his sweet wife. God bless him.


22 posted on 06/04/2010 9:32:37 PM PDT by onyx (Sarah/Michele 2012)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Mr. Mojo
He was the greatest.

______

Said with the greatest respect, "“John Wooden’s so square he’s divisible by four."

The wise man.

23 posted on 06/04/2010 9:32:38 PM PDT by ICAB9USA (I lost part of my middle finger .......... it almost rendered me mute. -- Rahm Emanuel)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 19 | View Replies]

To: jazusamo; A_Former_Democrat; aSeattleConservative; Extremely Extreme Extremist; M Kehoe; ...
http://www.mitchhorowitz.com/john-wooden.html

From the Socks Up: The Extraordinary Coaching Life of John Wooden

By Mitch Horowitz

(snip) -- For John Wooden, it all begins from the socks up.

On the eve of his ninety-fourth birthday, the man considered America’s “winningest coach” recalls a simple, but decisive routine that he used with each new season’s players during his twenty-seven years of coaching UCLA’s legendary basketball team to unprecedented victory.

On the first day of practice, the coach would tell his hotshot recruits, “Gentleman, today we’re going to figure out how to put our shoes and socks on.” Some players would blanch. Wooden would calmly explain that most players are benched for blisters, and the easiest way to avoid them is to pay attention to the basics. He would meticulously show them how to roll up their socks and tighten their laces. “I wanted it done consciously, not quickly or casually,” he said. “Otherwise we would not be doing everything possible to prepare in the best way.”

It is pure Wooden – simple yet ingenious, zeroing in on what really matters most.

****

24 posted on 06/04/2010 9:39:13 PM PDT by ICAB9USA (I lost part of my middle finger .......... it almost rendered me mute. -- Rahm Emanuel)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 16 | View Replies]

To: jazusamo

“Be true to yourself. Make each day a masterpiece. Help others. Drink deeply from good books. Make friendship a fine art. Build a shelter against a rainy day.” -John Wooden carried this note with him everywhere, written by his dad. He was a true and great Hoosier!


25 posted on 06/04/2010 9:43:21 PM PDT by hoosiermama (ONLY DEAD FISH GO WITH THE FLOW.......I am swimming with Sarahcudah! Sarah has read the tealeaves.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: jazusamo

RIP


26 posted on 06/04/2010 9:44:05 PM PDT by happinesswithoutpeace (1.416785(71) x 10^32)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Extremely Extreme Extremist
"Be quick ..... but don't hurry." ---- John Wooden

****

27 posted on 06/04/2010 9:49:49 PM PDT by ICAB9USA (I lost part of my middle finger .......... it almost rendered me mute. -- Rahm Emanuel)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: jazusamo

May God rest his soul. Prayers for his family.


28 posted on 06/04/2010 9:54:06 PM PDT by AuH2ORepublican (If a politician won't protect innocent babies, what makes you think that he'll protect your rights?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: jazusamo
“Fail to prepare ....... prepare to fail.” --- John Wooden
29 posted on 06/04/2010 9:58:00 PM PDT by ICAB9USA (I lost part of my middle finger .......... it almost rendered me mute. -- Rahm Emanuel)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: jazusamo

“Be true to yourself, help others, make each day your masterpiece, make friendship a fine art, drink deeply from good books — especially the Bible, build a shelter against a rainy day, give thanks for your blessings and pray for guidance every day.”


30 posted on 06/04/2010 10:10:44 PM PDT by Private_Sector_Does_It_Better (If you like the employees at the DMV, post office, SS office... you'll love government healthcare)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Extremely Extreme Extremist
Yes, greatest coach ever.

In my years in Los Angeles I knew that UCLA basketball from the mid-60s through the mid-70s was just about invincible because of Coach Wooden.

Just about any trivia question in NCAA basketball during that time that begins with "Who won...?" can be instantly answered with 'UCLA' without even thinking about it and chances are you'd be right.

31 posted on 06/04/2010 10:41:21 PM PDT by The KG9 Kid
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: jazusamo

He died at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, John Wooden and Ronald Reagan were born 300 miles apart with John being born in Hall, Indiana on October 14, 1910 and Ronald being born in Tampico, Illinois on February 6, 1911.
John died on June 4, 2010, Ronald on June 5, 2004 nearly 6 years apart and

Two midwestern boys that were high school athletes that graduated college in the Midwest John at Purdue and Ron at Eureka College.

They


32 posted on 06/04/2010 10:48:01 PM PDT by Steelers6
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: jazusamo

RIP, cousin


33 posted on 06/04/2010 10:59:17 PM PDT by Brown Deer (Pray for Obama. Psalm 109:8)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: jazusamo

RIP Coach Wooden, from a Bruin you made so very proud!

John Wooden’s Seven Point Creed, given to him by his father Joshua upon his graduation from grammar school:

* Be true to yourself.
* Make each day your masterpiece.
* Help others.
* Drink deeply from good books, especially the Bible.
* Make friendship a fine art.
* Build a shelter against a rainy day.
* Pray for guidance and give thanks for your blessings every day.


34 posted on 06/04/2010 11:39:02 PM PDT by Bokababe (Save Christian Kosovo! http://www.savekosovo.org)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: jazusamo

Rest in Peace, Coach Wooden.

I shall forever cherish the basketball that you autographed for me, many years ago...


35 posted on 06/04/2010 11:55:59 PM PDT by Beaten Valve
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: jazusamo

Rest in peace coach Wooden.


36 posted on 06/04/2010 11:56:20 PM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: jazusamo

RIP Coach Wooden. You have earned your eternal reward.

During the UConn women’s second championship, references were made to both to Mr. Wooden and UCLA.


37 posted on 06/05/2010 3:13:11 AM PDT by Biggirl (I Have A New Rainbow Bridge Baby, Negritia! =^..^=)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: jazusamo

RIP.


38 posted on 06/05/2010 3:26:52 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Amber Lamps !"~~)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: jazusamo

RIP, Coach.


39 posted on 06/05/2010 3:33:01 AM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and proud of it. Those who truly support our troops pray for their victory!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: A_Former_Democrat

I was not even born yet. But I’m am amazed by the lack of text on the screen. There’s no clock, no shot clock, and they only periodically put the score up. Maybe this was during an era when people had longer attention spans and were, in general, smarter.


40 posted on 06/05/2010 4:30:45 AM PDT by library user
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: jazusamo
Leave it to the LA Times to dishonor the memory of one of the greatest men in the history of Los Angeles -- a six page article about him never once mentioning that he was a devout Christian, or even that he was a Christian.

The best they could do was: "His final years were kept busy by resurging interest in his life philosophy" (gee, wouldn't your readers be interested in what that "philosophy" happens to be?)

...and also: "Advocates of the teaching system Wooden developed, which was based on such traditional values as cooperation and responsibility"

Yeah, that would be "traditional Christian values" perhaps? Sheesh!

Even Wikipedia manages a paragraph about Wooden's faith and that it was more important to him than basketball.

And so it goes on... lamestream media executives trying still trying to figure out why people don't want to pay to be lied to.

41 posted on 06/05/2010 4:46:29 AM PDT by Stat Man
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: jazusamo

May Wooden rest in peace.

However, Wooden would have never won a championship without Sam “Papa Sam” Gilbert.


42 posted on 06/05/2010 5:21:38 AM PDT by TennTuxedo
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: jazusamo

John Wooden wasn’t just a basketball coach but a mentor of life for many young men.

They don’t make coaches like Wooden anymore.

RIP


43 posted on 06/05/2010 5:24:36 AM PDT by Le Chien Rouge
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: jazusamo

He’s coaching the All-Stars now....

RIP Coach


44 posted on 06/05/2010 5:29:00 AM PDT by AFreeBird
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: hoosiermama
“Be true to yourself. Make each day a masterpiece. Help others. Drink deeply from good books. Make friendship a fine art. Build a shelter against a rainy day.” -John Wooden carried this note with him everywhere, written by his dad.

That's beautiful, thank you for posting.

RIP to a truly great man where it counted, on the inside.

45 posted on 06/05/2010 5:29:44 AM PDT by MozarkDawg
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 25 | View Replies]

To: jazusamo

John Wooden, Basketball legend and Purdue Alum, RIP. My prayers are for you and the family.


46 posted on 06/05/2010 6:02:22 AM PDT by TMA62 (TMA62)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: library user

Indeed, I noticed that too. I remember that game and remember the players (for the most part) The Great Dick Enberg called the gamen Notice how quickly they went off the air, no interviews, no nothing. All that game did was end UCLA’s 88 game record streak and was only one of two or three losses in Walton’s career.

Also no 3 point line either. ND had green high tops (or at least Shumate did) and I think gold socks. Crazy game, a classic I’ll never forget.


47 posted on 06/05/2010 6:31:27 AM PDT by A_Former_Democrat
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 40 | View Replies]

To: jazusamo

First time in awhile I’ve shed tears over the passing of a famous person. The World could use many more John Woodens.


48 posted on 06/05/2010 6:41:24 AM PDT by popdonnelly (Forty years of electing leftist fools to Congress have culminated in Nancy Pelosi.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: jazusamo

I recall his run to 88 consecutive wins, at least from about #50 on. That’s a greater feat than the 10 championships, IMO.


49 posted on 06/05/2010 7:36:07 AM PDT by savedbygrace (Rev 22:20 He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: TennTuxedo

“However, Wooden would have never won a championship without Sam “Papa Sam” Gilbert.”

An ugly and innapropriate cheap shot.

Mr Wooden was alive for 99 years, and you could have criticized him during that time when he had an opportunity to answer.


50 posted on 06/05/2010 7:53:26 AM PDT by devere
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 42 | View Replies]


Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-5051-90 next last

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson