The Greatest Coach Of All Time

Posted: June 10, 2010 in life, sports
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Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are. –John Wooden

Coach John Wooden

The world lost a great man last week. John Wooden died at the UCLA Medical Center, just blocks from where he won a record 10 NCAA National Championships as coach of the UCLA Bruins.

Nobody questions whether or not he’s the greatest coach the game has ever seen. After all, he won 10 National Championships, including 7 in a row. No other coach has won more than 4.

The best part of Wooden’s story wasn’t his ability to coach.

When the love of his life, Nellie, wanted him to stay in the Midwest and coach, he applied for the coaching position at The University of Minnesota. Unfortunately, Minnesota was snowed in and didn’t call Wooden in time to offer him the position. Wooden had accepted the coaching job at UCLA when Minnesota finally called to offer the job – but Wooden turned it down, stating that he’d already given his word to UCLA.

How many of us would take the job we didn’t want, just because we had already given our word?

That’s the kind of leadership we need focusing on the next generation.

Wooden never made more than $35,000 a year throughout his entire stay at UCLA and never asked for a raise. Compare that to Kentucky’s Coach John Calipari, who is currently one year into an 8-year, $32 million deal. Calipari is also a bit of a scumbag when compared to Wooden, giving his word to Memphis and then turning around and hightailing out of town for a better gig at Kentucky. All the while, leaving a wake of NCAA violations all over the map.  Calipari also pulled this scam before he left he University of Massachusetts.

Calipari isn’t the type of guy we need leading our generation. Neither is Pete Carroll. Carroll skipped out of USC right before the roof caved in and a stack of NCAA violations came to light.

Sorry for the rant, these guys tick me off. We don’t need more self-centered, in it for the money guys – we need more leaders and developers like John Wooden.

I’ll leave you with “John Wooden’s Seven Point Creed”.

  • Be true to yourself.
  • Make each day your masterpiece.
  • Help others.
  • Drink deeply from good books, especially the Bible.
  • Make friendship a fine art.
  • Build a shelter against a rainy day.
  • Pray for guidance and give thanks for your blessings every day.

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