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Who is John Wooden?

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John Wooden is most famous for winning 10 national championships as the head coach of the University of California, Los Angeles, men's basketball team. Wooden was also a famous college basketball player in his youth.

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John Wooden was born on Oct. 14, 1910, and grew up in Indiana. He played as a guard for Purdue University's basketball team in the 1930s. Wooden was the first player to receive consensus All-American status three times.

Wooden became UCLA's head coach in 1948. His team won seven consecutive championships from 1967 to 1975, still a record as of 2015. His team also won 88 consecutive games in the 1972 and 1973 seasons, also a record. Wooden trained several players who became Basketball Hall of Famers, including Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Bill Walton. Wooden himself is a Hall of Famer as a player and a coach. Wooden died on June 4, 2010, at the age of 99.

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