Nov. 2, 2001
Legendary Bruin coach John Wooden heads a list of 10 former conference coaches and athletes that the Pac-10 Conference will honor with their induction into the Pac-10 Hall of Honor, during the 2002 Pac-10 Postseason Men's Basketball Tournament, held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles (March 7-9).
During his 27 years (1949-75) as the Bruin men's basketball coach, Wooden led UCLA to a record 10 NCAA Championships (1964-65-67-68-69-70-71-72-73-75), including seven titles in a row from 1967-73, and 19 conference crowns. His overall Bruin record was 620-147 (80.8), including a 316-68 (82.3) conference mark. Wooden coached the Bruins to 17, 20+game winning seasons, including four perfect 30-0 campaigns. During his tenure in Westwood, he coached 24 first-team All-Americans and 11 Academic All-Americans. Wooden is the first individual to be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as both a player (1960, Wooden was an All-American at Purdue, 1930-32) and coach (1972). Since retiring after the 1974-75 season, his numerous honors have included - NCAA Theodore Roosevelt Sportsman Award (1995), ESPN Greatest Coach of the 20th Century (1999) and Naismith Men's College Coach of the 20th Century (2000).
Pete Newell is the other coach in the Pac-10 Hall of Honor inaugural class. In 1949 he led San Francisco to the NIT title and in 1959, he directed California to the NCAA crown. In 1960, Newell led the U. S. to the Gold Medal at the Olympics.