John Wooden

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John Wooden.

John Robert Wooden (Eng. John Robert Wooden ; October 14, 1910 (19,101,014). Hall, Indiana – 4 June 2010, Los Angeles) – American basketball player and basketball coach. Wooden is a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame as a player (included in 1961) and as a coach (included in 1973). He became the first person involved in both categories, an achievement later echoed Lenny Wilkens, Bill Sherman and Tom Heinsohn. Wooden ten times led the men’s basketball team of University of California at Los Angeles to a victory in the national student championships, a record for college basketball.


Wooden was born in 1910 in the town hall in Indiana, in 1918, his family moved to a small farm in Kentertone. As a child, Wooden was a fan of the local school basketball star, Fuzzy Vandayvera. In 14 years, the family of John moved to Martinsville, where Wooden became the star of the school basketball team – three times he has helped the team reach the final of the state championship (win succeeded only once, in 1927), and the three times has been included in the symbolic team of the best players in the state .

After leaving school in 1928, Wooden enrolled at Purdue University, where he coached Ward “Piggy”Lambert. In 1932, the university team won the national championship of the student, and the Wooden was named the best player of the championship, as he spent three seasons in a row included in the symbolic team of the best players of the championship, which previously could not be any basketball player. Vudena dubbed”rubber man from Indiana” for his dangerous jumping from falling to the floor.

Once graduated, in August 1932 John Wooden married Nell Riley, and in September became a basketball coach and English teacher in high school Dayton in Kentucky. Coaching career Vudena began with the failure – in the first season under his leadership, the team won the school only 6 games, with 11 defeats. This season is the only one with a negative difference of victories and defeats in his career Vudena. In 1934, Wooden returned to Indiana and began working at the high school South Bend English teacher and coach in baseball and basketball, he also worked part time at a local publishing house editor. Wooden few years later he played professionally for the team, “Indianapolis Kautskis” of the National Basketball League. In 1938 he was included in the symbolic team of the best players in the NBL.

In 1942, Wooden enlisted in the Navy and served during World War II, was promoted to lieutenant. His first exit to the sea Wooden missed because of appendicitis, and the officer who replaced him, was killed in a kamikaze attack.

Once the war began Wooden basketball and baseball coach at Indiana State Teachers College (now the University of Indiana). In 1946, the basketball team under his leadership won the first place in the conference of Indiana and received an invitation to the national tournament in Kansas City, but Wooden refused to participate because tournament rules prohibit the participation in it of blacks, and the team Vudena played Clarence Walker, black basketball player from Chicago. The following season, the University team repeated their achievement and again received an invitation to the national championship, which functionaries lift restrictions on the participation of African Americans.

In 1948 Wooden became the coach of the basketball team of University of California at Los Angeles. A position he held until 1975, making the most successful careers in the history of American college basketball. The team, led Vudena became 10 times national champion, with from 1967 to 1973, was issued a series of seven league titles in a row, as the team spent four seasons without a single defeat. Many of the players who Vudena school, and then made a successful career in the NBA, among them there is a Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Bill Walton and Gail Goodrich.

In 1975, the John Wooden retired, wrote several books about his life and basketball. In 2003 he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. He died on 4 June 2010 at the age of 99 years.


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  3. Ukleja Center Presents Award to Legendary Coach John Wooden. California State University (June 15, 2009). Retrieved December 18, 2014.
  4. US Congress. Congressional Record, V. 149, PT. 14, July 17, 2003 to July 25, 2003. – Government Printing Office, 2007. – S. 19569. – 1472 to.

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