American basketball player and coach
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About John Wooden
John Wooden, also known by the nickname the "Wizard of Westwood", was a renowned American basketball player and coach remembered for his massively successful playing and coaching careers. He played for the Purdue Boilermakers men's basketball team from 1929 to 1932 and won the College Basketball Player of the Year award in 1932. As a coach, he led UCLA to approximately ten NCAA national championships.
He married his high school sweetheart Nellie Riley in 1932. The couple had two children, and remained married until Nellie's death in 1985.
He was a staunch Christian, who read the Bible every day.
In 2003, U.S. President George W. Bush bestowed upon him the country's highest civilian award, the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
He was the first person to be inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame as both a player and a coach.
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Famous quotes by John Wooden
Be true to yourself, help others, make each day your masterpiece, make friendship a fine art, drink deeply from good books - especially the Bible, build a shelter against a rainy day, give thanks for your blessings and pray for guidance every day.John Wooden
Defense is a definite part of the game, and a great part of defense is learning to play it without fouling.John Wooden
Don't give up on your dreams, or your dreams will give up on you.John Wooden
Failure is not fatal, but failure to change might be.John Wooden
Friendship is two-sided. It isn't a friend just because someone's doing something nice for you. That's a nice person. There's friendship when you do for each other. It's like marriage - it's two-sided.John Wooden
I found golf was too time consuming, but I did enjoy it.John Wooden
I like to spend time in the past, with the things that have been important to me.John Wooden
I talked to the players and tried to make them aware of what was good and bad, but I didn't try to run their lives.John Wooden
I think permitting the game to become too physical takes away a little bit of the beauty.John Wooden
I think the teaching profession contributes more to the future of our society than any other single profession.John Wooden
I was built up from my dad more than anyone else.John Wooden
I'd rather have a lot of talent and a little experience than a lot of experience and a little talent.John Wooden
I'm glad I was a teacher.John Wooden
I'm not going to say I was opposed to the Vietnam War. I'm going to say I'm opposed to war. But I'm also opposed to protests that deny other people their rights.John Wooden
If I am through learning, I am through.John Wooden
If you don't have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?John Wooden
If you're not making mistakes, then you're not doing anything. I'm positive that a doer makes mistakes.John Wooden
It's what you learn after you know it all that counts.John Wooden
Just do the best you can. No one can do more than that.John Wooden
Love is the most important thing in the world. Hate, we should remove from the dictionary.John Wooden
Material possessions, winning scores, and great reputations are meaningless in the eyes of the Lord, because He knows what we really are and that is all that matters.John Wooden
My eyesight is not nearly as good. My hearing is probably going away. My memory is slipping too. But I'm still around.John Wooden
No one can really honestly be the very best, no one.John Wooden
Passion is momentary love is enduring.John Wooden
Success comes from knowing that you did your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming.John Wooden
Success is never final, failure is never fatal. It's courage that counts.John Wooden
Success is peace of mind which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you did your best to become the best you are capable of becoming.John Wooden
Success is peace of mind, which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you made the effort to become the best of which you are capable.John Wooden
Talent is God given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful.John Wooden
The most important thing in the world is family and love.John Wooden
There are many things that are essential to arriving at true peace of mind, and one of the most important is faith, which cannot be acquired without prayer.John Wooden
There's as much crookedness as you want to find. There was something Abraham Lincoln said - he'd rather trust and be disappointed than distrust and be miserable all the time. Maybe I trusted too much.John Wooden
Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out.John Wooden
We can have no progress without change, whether it be basketball or anything else.John Wooden
Whatever you do in life, surround yourself with smart people who'll argue with you.John Wooden
You can do more good by being good than any other way.John Wooden
John Wooden's Popularity
John Wooden was a famous American basketball player and coach, who was born on October 14, 1910. As a person born on this date, John Wooden is listed in our database as the 14th most popular celebrity for the day (October 14) and the 9th most popular for the year (1910).
People born on October 14 fall under the Zodiac sign of Libra, the Scales. John Wooden is the 468th most popular Libra.
Aside from information specific to John Wooden's birthday, John Wooden is the 3381st most famous American.
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