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January 21, 2000
Records of eight coaches in their first seasons at these schools: John Thompson, Georgetown: Finished 12-14 Nolan Richardson, Arkansas: 12-16 John Wooden, UCLA: 22-7 Mike Krzyzewski, Duke: 17-13 Rick Pitino, Kentucky: 14-14 Jim Boeheim, Syracuse: 26-4 Adolph Rupp, Kentucky: 15-3 Norm Stewart, Missouri: 10-16 Source: World Features Syndicate
June 2, 2008 | Jerry Hirsch, Times Staff Writer
John Wooden is generally regarded as the nation's greatest basketball coach. His UCLA teams during the 1960s and 1970s won 10 NCAA men's basketball national championships and set records for consecutive victories. But since retiring in 1975, the 97-year-old coach has gained fame as a philosopher and motivator. His "Pyramid of Success" guide to life is revered by former players and business leaders for its insight on how to help individuals to grow and how to manage organizations.
April 2, 2013 | T.J. Simers
I saw the guy working on TV, his team surprising folks in the NCAA tournament, but honestly I don't even know his first name now that he has become USC's basketball coach. But he has to be more interesting and exciting than the dolt introduced as UCLA basketball coach Tuesday. It's pretty well understood that whoever coaches UCLA basketball is a dead man walking, it being only a matter of time before the alumni agree he'll never be another John Wooden. But this might be the first time UCLA actually hired a dead man. Yeesh, the John Wooden statue outside of Pauley had more life to it than Steve Alford, the robot who sputtered nonstop platitudes while never once answering a question directly.
February 20, 1987
Services for John Moore, the first UCLA basketball player to score more than 1,000 points--he had 1,202 in his career--and an All-American under Coach John Wooden in 1955, were held Wednesday. Moore, 53, died Feb. 11 after a long illness. Wooden spoke at Moore's funeral, and Willie Naulls was a pallbearer.
March 21, 1985
Nellie Wooden, the wife of legendary UCLA basketball coach John Wooden, died today at St. Vincents Medical Center after a long illness. She was 73. Wooden, 74, was at his wife's bedside when she died, said UCLA Sports Department spokesman Rich Bertolucci. The Woodens were married in 1932 after meeting at a carnival in Martinsville, Ind., when he was a high school freshman. Bertolucci said funeral services will be private and for family members only.
October 14, 2004 | Robyn Norwood, Times Staff Writer
Inside a Torrance collection agency, workers sit at cubicles and call people who are behind on their debts. On the wall is a 10-foot diagram of former UCLA basketball coach John Wooden's Pyramid of Success. At McChord Air Force Base near Tacoma, Wash., 25 men and women in uniform spend three days in a seminar called the John R. Wooden Course, discussing how his wisdom could help in their work protecting the air security of the Western United States.
They should have sold tickets, called television stations and flown in coaches from across the nation to witness an extraordinary 40-minute basketball practice Monday night at Crespi High. There was 89-year-old John Wooden, the Wizard of Westwood, standing at center court with his arms folded and a whistle in his hand, ordering 14 Crespi basketball players to move as if there names were Alcindor, Walton, Warren and Goodrich. "Goodness gracious, don't just stand there," he said.
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