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John Wooden



John Wooden (1910–2010) was an American men’s college basketball coach and author who focused on building character in his players at least as much, if not more so, as he focused on winning games. He led his teams to eleven NCAA titles, all the while encouraging his players to graduate and maintain high academic standards. His philosophies on leadership, integrity, and working together for a common purpose remain in wide use—in sports, self-development, and the business world.

John Wooden
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Coach Wooden and Me: Our 50-Year Friendship On and Off the Court

Former NBA star and Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient Kareem Abdul-Jabbar explores his 50-year friendship with Coach John Wooden, one of the most enduring and meaningful relationships in sports history.

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Indiana Basketball Player Broke Racial Barrier, Changed Game Forever

Clarence Walker quietly broke the color barrier, wading through a thicket of unforgiving racial tensions along the way, bottling up his private pain for the greater good. He never fired back. He couldn’t.

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A Game Plan for Life: The Power of Mentoring

From the legendary basketball coach who inspired generations of athletes and businesspeople, an inspiring book about the power of mentoring and being mentored.

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The Difference Between Winning and Succeeding | John Wooden

With profound simplicity, Coach John Wooden redefines success and urges us all to pursue the best in ourselves. In this inspiring talk he shares the advice he gave his players at UCLA, quotes poetry and remembers his father’s wisdom.

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Coach Wooden’s Pyramid of Success

Legendary college basketball coach John Wooden and Jay Carty know that when it comes down to it, success is an equal opportunity player. Anyone can create it in his or her career, family, and beyond.

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The Pyramid of Success

Coach Wooden’s greatest accomplishments were not limited to basketball.

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Opens Up about John Wooden

Record six-time MBA MVP Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (B.A. ’69) learned from UCLA Coach John Wooden during—and after—their 50-year friendship how “to become a better person each day that I knew him.

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Wooden: A Lifetime of Observations and Reflections On and Off the Court

Evoking days gone by when coaches were respected as much for their off-court performances as for their success on the court, Wooden presents the timeless wisdom of legendary basketball coach John Wooden.

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8 Keys to Coach John Wooden's Servant Leadership

Legendary basketball coach John Wooden had what he called an "MBA": a mop-and-bucket attitude. In other words, he believed in doing the hard work necessary to help everyone in his organization succeed.

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John Wooden Love Letters

This video is owned by ESPN and they maintain all rights. RIP Coach

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