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. 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. One of those rare sports books that is must reading for everyone. 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.
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I just reread the book again while I was on holidays and thought would be a great reference for our next blog post. Regardless if you are a grassroots coach parent, competitive non-parent coach, in the high-performance stream or teaching if you know anything about Coach, you have probably heard from many that many argue he is the GOAT Greatest One of all time. Did you know that it took him 16 years before he lead UCLA to their first national championship in ? He shares in his book that it was due to the fact that he was still learning HOW to coach even though he had been an accomplished player himself, had coached high school and at Indiana U before he accepted the position at UCLA. Due to a snowstorm, Minnesota was unable to call Coach at the assigned time to discuss so he assumed that they were not going to offer him the head coach position so when UCLA called an hour later, he accepted and then turned down Minnesota when there were able to call after the fact. I Wonder …. Perhaps yes, perhaps not, but it is yet another example how the decisions that you make in life can impact the path your life takes. Did you know that Coach potentially may not have even reached that point of accepting either offer?
They Call Me Coach by John Wooden is a recounting of the coach's most memorable coaching moments, the life lessons he learned, and the ones he taught. Wooden goes into great detail to discuss the foundation of success. He says true success must be built upon a solid foundation of various character traits. He outlines these traits in his "Pyramid of Success. In the book, Wooden talks about the importance of a coach and teacher as a role model. He tailored his role as coach and teacher after his own father, a nurturing man who believed in working hard and the benefits of a good education. Wooden also talks about stubbornness - his own and some of his past players. He points out that it is important to stand up for what one believes is right, but that one must also be willing to concede when one's opinion is the wrong one. He respects most of the players who have stood up to him over the years because their stubbornness made him step back to look at their side of the issue.
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. 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.