John Wooden 1910-2010

As you probably already know, John Wooden passed away last night. Wooden is regarded as one of the greatest coaches ever. His UCLA teams won 10 NCAA Championships, including 7 in a row. He also coached teams to three undefeated seasons. More than a coach, Wooden was a great man. When UCLA wanted to name their basketball court after him, he refused for it to be done unless his wife's name was included. The school said okay and agreed to name the court John & Nel Wooden Court. Wooden said that would just not do, and insisted the court be name Nel & John Wooden Court. Here are a few of my favorite quotes from the man:

"Be more concerned with your character than your reputation,
because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely
what others think you are."

"Don't mistake activity with achievement."

"The people who turn out best are those people who make the best out of
the way things turn out."

"Discipline yourself and others won't need to."

"Be quick, but don't hurry."

"The true test of a man’s
character is what he does when no one is watching."

"If you don't have time to do it right,
when will you have the time to do it over?"

"Talent is God given. Be humble.
Fame is man-given. Be grateful.
Conceit is self-given. Be careful."

"It's what you learn after you know it all that counts."