Who Is John Wooden?

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.

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.