Oct. 14, 2011
Los Angeles, Calif. - The most extensive book chronicling the UCLA coaching career of the late, legendary basketball coach John R. Wooden, entitled "Wooden: Basketball & Beyond: The Official UCLA Retrospective", is now available at a special pre-sale price from the UCLA Student Store for a limited time. The release of the book today coincides with what would have been Coach Wooden's 101st birthday.
A must-have for any fan of UCLA Basketball and sure to be a collector's item, "Wooden" provides a fantastic collection of hundreds of classic UCLA images from the UCLA Photography archive managed by Associated Students UCLA, including many photos that have never been made public.
The book focuses exclusively on Coach Wooden's years at UCLA, both during his coaching career and following his retirement. In addition, "Wooden" contains several pages of the coach's own hand-drawn plays, hand-written lists and notes, and hand-typed "Rules of Practice for UCLA Basketball."
"Friday, October 14 is the day John R. Wooden was born. In his honor, and to celebrate his 27 illustrious years as the UCLA men's basketball head coach, today marks the arrival of 'Wooden, Basketball & Beyond: The Official UCLA Retrospective,' a pictorial history of the man who led UCLA men's basketball to collegiate greatness. For all UCLA supporters and college basketball fans, this is a book that you will want to add to your sports collection," said current UCLA men's basketball coach Ben Howland.
Nan and Jim Wooden added, "We feel it's a fitting tribute to our father and his legacy to have this first book chronicling his time coaching at UCLA. The book documents what was the most personally and professionally rewarding era of our father's life that we feel should be celebrated and shared with as many as possible. It is also especially meaningful that it is being released today on what would have been his 101st birthday."
Divided into three chronological chapters, "Wooden" gives a thorough account of the former coach's years in Westwood. The first section, "The Early Years (1948-1963)", focuses on Coach Wooden's first 15 seasons as UCLA's head coach. The second chapter, "The Championship Years (1964-1975)", highlights the program's unprecedented run toward seven consecutive NCAA Championships and a total of 10 national titles in 12 years. The final chapter, "The Golden Years", looks at Coach Wooden's continued contributions to the Bruins after having retired as head coach.
The book also provides a series of personal and emotional reflections that help define Coach Wooden and the UCLA legacy he established. Among the Bruin players and assistant coaches featured in "Wooden" include Walt Hazzard, Gail Goodrich, Keith Erickson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Sidney Wicks, Bill Walton, Marques Johnson, Jamaal Wilkes, Gary Cunningham, Denny Crum, Andre McCarter, Jerry Norman and Michael Warren.
Coach Wooden passed away June 4, 2010, at the age of 99.