Before his coaching days, John Wooden earned All-America honors at Purdue, where he led the Boilermakers to two Big Ten titles and the 1932 national championship.
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Wooden won seven straight national championships, including three when Lew Alcindor dropped by.
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John Wooden was honored as the Sportsman of the Year in 1972.
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Bill Walton and Swen Nater flank Wooden in this 1972 photo. Legend has it that tucked away in Bill Walton's wallet is his personal recipe for life, which was modeled after his college coach.
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One month later, UCLA topped Notre Dame 82-63 for his record-breaking 61st win. By the time he retired, Wooden had an overall record of 620-147.
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Wooden led UCLA to 88 straight wins before losing to Notre Dame in 1974.
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UCLA defeated Kentucky in 1975 to give Wooden his 10th NCAA title.
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Always present on the college basketball scene even after his retirement in 1975, Wooden won the NCAA Theodore Roosevelt Award given to distinguished former athlete or coach who exemplifies the ideals and purposes of college athletics.
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The Wooden Award, presented annually to the outstanding collegiate basketball Player of the Year, was founded in 1976. In this photo, then-Texas sophomore point guard T. J. Ford listens to Wooden after receiving the honor.
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Former Duke star Alana Beard talks with Wooden after winning the first women's Wooden Award.
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In 2000, Wooden accepted the lifetime achievement "Legacy Award" from Sports Illustrated.
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In December of 2003, UCLA honored Coach Wooden and his late wife Nell by naming the court in Pauley Pavilion Nell and John Wooden Court. The two were married for 53 years before Nell passed away in 1985.
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Wooden often met with upcoming college prospects, like Chase Budinger and Kevin Durant, shown here during the McDonald's All American High School game in 2006. Ex-UCLA star Kevin Love called him "Not only the best coach of any coach of all time, but he's also one of the best human beings you'll ever meet."
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Wooden was inducted into the first-ever National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame class in 2006, a class that included Dean Smith, Bill Russell, Oscar Robertson and James Naismith. He is also in the Basketball Hall of Fame, both as a player (class of 1961) and a coach (1973).
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Even right before his death, Wooden often liked to watch UCLA home games. In 2007, UCLA had to politely ask fans not to approach him for fear that he could never say no to autograph seekers
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John Wooden died June 4, 2010 at the age of 99.
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