Happy 100th Birthday, Coach: A Special Thank You Thursday

By Wendy Felton on | October 14, 2010 at 10:00 AM  | Permalink  | Comments: - disabled -
Today, UCLA is commemorating the 100th anniversary of John Wooden's birth. There's no doubt he had a huge impact on our campus—and the world. That's why we're dedicating today's Thank You Thursday to Coach. 

Wooden's coaching accomplishments here in Westwood are legendary: seven consecutive NCAA championships and ten titles overall. But his leadership and inspiration are even more well-known. Wooden created the Pyramid of Success [PDF], and his maxims were full of wisdom. Perhaps most importantly, he instilled in his players a perspective that prepared them to succeed on the hardwood—and in life.

"What you are as a person is far more important that what you are as a basketball player."

Thank you, Coach.

Here's a touching tribute video featuring Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Vin Scully, Coach Ben Howland, and more:



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