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John Wooden Dead at 99

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By Daniel Gates

John Wooden Dead

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John Wooden, legendary college basketball coach and sports icon, is dead.

He was 99.

ESPN named Wooden the greatest coach of the 20th century — in any sport.

Known as “The Wizard of Westwood,” he guided UCLA to an unprecedented 10 NCAA titles in his final 12 seasons, including seven consecutive championships from 1967 to 1973.

Wooden was equally famous as a role model whose lessons about basketball were applicable to life.

The first person ever enshrined in the Basketball Hall of Fame as both a player and coach, Wooden received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2003.

Every year, the nation’s most outstanding player receives the John R. Wooden Award, basketball’s equivalent of the Heisman Trophy.

 

 


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