JOHN ROBERT WOODEN WAS BORN ON OCTOBER 14,1910 IN HALL INDIANA.
LIFE WAS HARD FOR THE WOODENS THEIR FARM HAD NO ELECTRICITY NOR RUNNING WATER.
LATER WOODENS FAMILY WENT BANKRUPT AND LOST THERE FARM AND WERE FORCED TO MOVE.
WOODENS FAMILY MOVED TO MARTINSVILLE.
WOODEN PLAYED FOR THE MARTINSVILLE HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL TEAM AND LED THEM TO THE STATE CHAMPION FINAL FOR 3 CONSECUTIVE YEARS AND WON THE TOURNAMENT IN 1927.
JOHN WOODENS EARLY LIFE
Wooden coached at Indiana State University in Terre Haute, Indiana from 1946 to 1948.
In 1947, Wooden's basketball team won the conference title and received an invitation to the NAIB National Tournament in Kansas City.
John Wooden was inducted into the Indiana State University Athletic Hall Of Fame on February 3, 1984.
During his tenure with the Bruins, Wooden became known as the “Wizard of Westwood” and gained lasting fame with UCLA by winning 665 games in 27 seasons and 10 NCAA titles during his last 12 seasons, including 7 in a row from 1967 to 1973.
His UCLA teams also had a record winning streak of 88 games, four perfect 30-0 seasons, and won 38 straight games in NCAA Tournaments.
In 1967 he was named the the Henry Iba Award USBWA College Basketball Coach of the Year. In 1972, he received Sports Illustrated magazine's Sportsman of the Year award. Wooden coached his final game in Pauley Pavilion March 1st, 1975 in a 93-59 victory over Stanford . Four weeks later he would surprisingly announce his retirement following a 75-74 NCAA semi-final victory, over Louisville , and before his 10th national championship game victory, over Kentucky .
As player : *1932 National Championship
As coach : *1964 NCAA National Championship *1965 NCAA National Championship *1967 NCAA National Championship *1968 NCAA National Championship *1969 NCAA National Championship *1970 NCAA National Championship *1971 NCAA National Championship *1972 NCAA National Championship *1973 NCAA National Championship *1975 NCAA National Championship
2006 founding class, College Basketball Hall of Fame