The Passing of a Legend

Posted: June 5, 2010 by NattieLiz in coaches, NCAA Basketball, UCLA

There are only a handful of legendary coaches in history, and if some one ever ask you about college basketball, Ucla’s John Wooden should be at the top of that list. Wooden is a God to All UCLA fans. His passing, last night at the age of 99 is not only a loss to the entire community, but to the world of college basketball.

Known as the “Wizard of Westwood”  he lead the UCLA men’s basketball teams to win 10 NCAA titles between 1964 and 1975 and recorded a record of 88 consecutive victories between 1971 and ’74. He won 7 of those titles in a row, so it’s not a surprise that in 1989, Sports Illustrated described him as, “the greatest basketball coach ever”.

He not only leaves us with a historical record, but a plethora of mottos and quotes about life. We can all take something from the wisdom of John Wooden.

“Discipline yourself and others won’t need to.’’

“Failing to prepare is preparing to fail.’’

The best way to improve the team is to improve ourself.’’

If I am through learning, I am through.’’


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