John Wooden by Jacquie Adams

1 Dec

Born in Centerville, Indiana on his parent’s farm, a boy named John Wooden grew up during a time of hardship for the Wooden family.  Although times were strenuous, John credited his future success to the past years he lived on the farm. The years of labor and discipline created responsibilities that helped him throughout the later years of his life.  In 1924, the Wooden family moved to Martinsville, a little town where sports are predominately the center of attention.  At a very young age, John developed a talent for basketball, became a top player on his high school team.  Little did he know that his hidden talent would pave the way for a lifetime of achievement and fame forever in history.
During high school, John met Nellie Riley; the woman he married after his college career.  Soon becoming a basketball star, he obtained the reputation of a fast, fearless player.  He also earned his place in the Basketball Hall of Fame.  After high school, John was presented an honorable spot on the professional Celtics basketball team, but turned it down to marry Nellie and become a teacher.   During his teaching career he also coached college basketball.  As his experience increased, the more undefeatable his teams became. Finding his true inspiration in coaching college basketball, John Wooden began a new job at Indiana State University.  His strong winning seasons led him to UCLA; which was currently the weakest considered team in the Pacific Conference. At that time, UCLA lacked the resources necessary to provide the best possible training.  John Wooden’s quote, “Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do,” illustrates the simple attitude incorporated into his coaching. Hardships and complex situations being John’s specialty, he quickly used what he had wisely and created what would soon be the start of the greatest basketball team NCAA has ever seen.
John Wooden was considered to be possibly the greatest, most prominent coach and inspiration to the world of basketball.  “He has a heart, brain and soul that have enabled him to inspire others to reach levels of success and peace of mind that they might never have dreamed possible on their own,” explained Bill Walton in the UCLA magazine.  Despairingly, Mr. Wooden’s death on June 4th, 2010 hit the nation with nostalgic sorrow.  His ability to connect with the students, athletes, and the people in his life was an extraordinary, inspirational gift.  His lifetime of achievements will never be forgotten and his name will continue to live on in history.


2 Responses to “John Wooden by Jacquie Adams”

  1. Chase Woollett December 3, 2012 at 4:26 am #

    John Wooden is a very inspiring person. His way of coaching and keys to success are very helpful to an athlete. Competitive Greatness is the most valuable point on his pyramid of success. John Wooden is a legend and everyone should remember him.

  2. Cynthia Bernabe December 3, 2012 at 5:46 am #

    This article is so inspiring. This really emphasis the quote “expect the unexpected” you really can know what you’ll be in life or how your life will turn out. This just proves how a simple town can change a person, representing how your environment and your past life shapes the person you become. How would John wooden ever think that basketball was going to get him trough life and make him the most inspiring person for people in sports.

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