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John WoodenJohn Wooden

John Wooden and winning are pretty much synonymous at this point and regardless of sport, he might be the greatest coach in history. Wooden went a remarkable 664-162, winning just over 80-percent of his games, and even more impressively he won 10 national championship in a 14-year span leading the UCLA Bruins. That run included seven-straight from 1967-1973. Wooden never finished without a winning record, went to 12 Finals Fours and was a six-time NCAA College Basketball Coach of the Year. He was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame as a player in 1960 and coach in 1973. He was inducted into the College Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006. Wooden’s philosophy was to recruit not only great athletes but great men. He coached and recruited based off his “seven point creed” and his maxims. Among his players were Bill Walton, Lew Alcindor, Jr., Gail Goodrich, Marques Johnson and Walt Hazzard, among plenty of other greats.

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