Last Updated on January 11, 2009 by Jimson Lee
One of my favorite all time coaches isn’t a Track and Field coach.
It’s former UCLA Bruins Basketball coach John Wooden.
Sure, he coached at an era when 3 point lines, the 45-35-22 second shot clock, dunking, huge egos and outrageous salaries were non-existent.
I personally liked his philosophy because he never emphasized winning. Just execution, excellence, and team play; the end result will take care of itself.
His Pyramid of Success is quite detailed and complex, but he explains it in simple plain English. The next time you visit the varsity weight room at UCLA, be sure to look up on the walls and read quotes from his Pyramid of Success.
Here are 2 books in my collection which I pick up and read every once in a while to remind myself if I am doing the right thing.
‘Wooden: A Lifetime of Observations On and Off the Court’ (book) by John Wooden
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John Wooden will go down in history as one of the greatest college basketball coaches ever, but his greatness goes far beyond the court. As a teacher, husband, father and grandfather his words, actions and sound advice have touched the lives of many. This book captures all of his wit and wisdom. Chapters included on family, values, virtues, success, competition, achievement, coaching, teaching, leading, and the pyramid of success. Author : John Wooden. Length : 204.
‘They Call Me Coach’ (book) by John Wooden
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Bestselling autobiography of UCLA’s legendary coach John Wooden. Reveals all-time favorite players, teams and coaches. Answers most-asked questions about his life, career, players and teams. Author : John Wooden. Length : 272.