John Wooden had numerous accomplishments during his legendary basketball career. His number one accomplishment was winning TEN NCAA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS (seven in a row) while coaching the Bruins of UCLA, a coaching feat that will probably never be matched and that earned him the "Wizard of Westwood" title.
His overall coaching record at Indiana State and UCLA was an amazing 885-203 for a winning percentage of 81.3.
Born in 1910, he attended Martinsville (IN) High School and led them to a state championship in 1927 and a runner-up finish twice, 1926 and 1928. He played college basketball at Purdue University where he was a three- time Helms Athletic Foundation All-America (1930-32) and Helms Athletic Foundation Player of the Year in 1932. He led Purdue to the 1932 national championship and earned All-Big 10 honors in 1930-32.
After coaching in high school from 1932-1943, he served in World War II and then started coaching collegiately at Indiana State in 1946 where his teams compiled a 47-14 record. In 1948, he took over UCLA and had a remarkable coaching career there. In addition to his 10 NCAA titles, he led the Bruins to four 30-0 seasons (1963-64, 1966-67, 1971-72, 1972-73), to 88 consecutive victories, to 38 straight NCAA tournament victories, and to 19 PAC 10 championships. He was NCAA College Basketball Coach of the Year six times (1964, 1967, 1969, 1970, 1972, 1973). He was named Sports Illustrated Sports Man of the Year in 1973.
His famous PYRAMIDS FOR SUCCESS has been used by coaches throughout the world. The principles outlined in it form the basis of Wooden's outlook on life and explain much of his success on and off the court.
Wooden is one of only three people enshrined in the Basketball Hall of Fame as both a player and a coach.