Legendary UCLA basketball coach John Wooden has died
June 5, 2010
(ChattahBox) – John Wooden, the brilliant UCLA basketball coach who guided the Bruins to an unprecedented 10 national championships in the 1960s and ’70s has died. at the age of 99. Wooden passed Friday evening of natural causes at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, the university announced, after falling gravely ill a couple days before. During 27 seasons at UCLA, back in the day when freshman didn’t play and athletes played 4 years, Wooden the “Wizard of Westwood,” had some amazing teams and players like Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Bill Walton. Starting in 1967, his team ran off seven consecutive NCAA titles, going 38 tournament games without a loss. They also ran off a record 88 consecutive victories between 1971 and ’74. Wooden was also a three-time All-American guard at Purdue University. He is one of only three individuals to be enshrined in the Basketball Hall of Fame as both player and coach.