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They call me coach
Wooden, John, 1910-2010.
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Chicago : Contemporary Books, [2004]

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272 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm
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GV884.W66 A3 2004 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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The legendary coach talks about his life, his players, and his winning philosophies in this bestselling autobiography

John Wooden's dedication and inspiration made him America's "winningest" coach. His beliefs in hard work and preparedness brought the UCLA Bruins an unparalleled 10 NCAA basketball championships. Now in this bestselling autobiography--with a Foreword by Hall-of-Famer Bill Walton--the college basketball legend reflects on his record-breaking career, his life behind the scenes, and how his top players went on to shape and change the NBA.

From the everyday basics to important life lessons ("It's not how tall you are, but how tall you play"), Wooden shares his worldly wisdom on and off the court to offer a personal history of an unforgettable time in college basketball, answering the most-asked questions about his life, his career, and the players who made his teams unbeatable.

" They Call Me Coach is grass-roots Americana, a story bigger than basketball. One of those rare sports books that is must reading for everyone."
-- Chicago Tribune

"What Knute Rockne was to football, Connie Mack to baseball, and Wilbur and Orville Wright to flying, John Wooden is to basketball. This book captures the full flavor of the man, the philosophies that work in life, and the philosophies that work on the court. I commend it to people who want to succeed at either--or both."
-- Los Angeles Times

Author Notes

John Wooden is one of two men to be inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame twice--as a player & as a coach. He was named "Coach of the Century" by ESPN, California "Father of the Year" in 1964, Sports Illustrated's "Sportsman of the Year" in 1973, & AYA Humanitarian of the Year in 1995. He lives in Encino, California.

(Publisher Provided) John Wooden was born in Hall, Indiana on October 14, 1910. He received a degree in English from Purdue University. While at Purdue, he helped lead the Boilermakers to the 1932 National Championship and was named All-Big Ten and All-Midwestern (1930-32). After college, he spent several years playing professionally with the Indianapolis Kautskys, Whiting Ciesar All-Americans, and Hammond Ciesar All-Americans while teaching and coaching in the high school ranks. During World War II, he served for nearly three years in the Navy. He became one of the most successful basketball coaches ever, winning 10 NCAA national championships in 12 years for UCLA. He was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame as both a player in 1961 and as a coach in 1973. He wrote numerous books during his lifetime including Wooden (1997), My Personal Best (2004), They Call Me Coach (2004), Wooden on Leadership (2005), The Essential Wooden (2007) and Coach Wooden's Leadership Game Plan for Success (2009). He died of natural causes on June 4, 2010 at the age of 99.

(Bowker Author Biography)