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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
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.
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.
There are crises now, and there were crises 30 years ago--even at the height of the John Wooden run, even during the dynasty's finest hours. Wooden, though voicing empathy for Coach Steve Lavin's predicament, did not want to comment specifically on UCLA's indefinite suspension of starters Kris Johnson and Jelani McCoy for unspecified violations of athletic department policies and team rules.
April 6, 2003 | Mike Terry
Starting next year, there will be two John Wooden awards presented after the college basketball season. Representatives of the Los Angeles Athletic Club, who have presented a men's award since 1976, are scheduled to announce today a similar award for women. Named after famed UCLA Coach John Wooden, the women's award will have the same criteria as the men, including their level of play, progress toward graduation and maintaining a cumulative 2.0 grade-point average.
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