Remembers Legendary Coach and Bestselling Author John Wooden.
was foremost a teacher, but to the millions of people who followed his plain
spoken wisdom on character, leadership, and success, Coach Wooden was an icon.
led his UCLA Bruins to ten NCAA men's basketball championships over a twelve-year
period, including four perfect seasons and an 88-game winning streak. He was
named ESPN's "Greatest Coach of the 20th Century," and in 2003 he was awarded
The Presidential Medal of Freedom by President George W. Bush.
Yet throughout his life--from
the farm in the Midwest to the Basketball Hall of Fame--John Wooden said of
himself, "I am just a common man true to his beliefs." Those beliefs stemmed
from the Seven Point Creed passed down to him from his father. It not only became
the foundation for a legendary sports dynasty, it also gave rise to his winning
philosophy on what he called the Pyramid of Success.
Coach Wooden said, "Make every
day a masterpiece." And indeed Coach Wooden made his life a masterpiece. Coach's
final book, The Wisdom of Wooden: A Century of Family, Faith, and Friends,
is a commemorative of his life written with longtime collaborator Steve Jamison.
Filled with fond personal memories, warm advice, and never-before-seen-photographs,
it is an unforgettable tribute to the man we all called, "Coach."
Praise for John Wooden
"The Wisdom of Wooden
has given me the life that I have . . . Thanks, Coach, for your faith and patience."
"Most of what I know, what's
made me a smart man, has come from John Wooden." --Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Naismith
Basketball Hall of Famer
sets an example for all of us by constantly striving to be the best in every
aspect of his life. Throughout my life, I have found inspiration and direction
in the Bible. Today, I also find inspiration and direction in the words of John
Wooden." --Tom Coughlin, Head Coach, New York Giants
"A man of John Wooden's
accomplishments and integrity would stand out in any era, but now, almost three
decades after he coached his last game, he is in some ways an even more striking
figure." --Bob Costas
"John Wooden is a ‘philosopher-coach'
in the truest sense: a man whose beliefs, teachings, and wisdom go far beyond
sports and ultimately address how to bring out the very best in yourself and
others in all areas of life." --Bill Walsh, three-time Super Bowl champion coach
"There has never been a finer
coach in American sports than John Wooden. Nor a finer man." --Rick Reilly,
"Coach Wooden's moral authority
and brilliant definition of success encompass all of life. How I admire his
life's work and concept of what it really means to win!" --Stephen R. Covey,
author, The 7 Habits of Highly Successful People and The 8th Habit:
From Effectiveness to Greatness