Coach Wooden

The all time best basketball coach, John Wooden, died last night at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles at the age of 99. He was hospitalized in this medical center since May 26. A statement was released after his death by his son, James, and daughter, Nancy Muehlhausen, in which they thanked all of his fans who had been praying for him for so many days and who were with him during this hard time. The children said that they would miss their father. Like his team, he was a guiding line for his family as well. He was truly a driving force for his children. The grieved family is just happy thinking that father has gone living with their mother in skies.

During his reign, UCLA won 10 NCAA titles between 1964 and 1975. He was the only coach who had brought his team with a unique record of winning 88 consecutive games between 1971 and 1974. In 1989, he was pronounced as the greatest basketball coach ever by Sports Illustrated. With Lenny Wilkens and Bill Sharman, Wooden is the only man in the basketball history to be honored in the Basketball Hall of Fame as both player and coach. He was guard at Purdue University.

He coached players like Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Henry Bibby, Dave Meyers, Sidney Wicks and Walt Hazzard. The fans and the famous sporting personalities are murmured at this loss and they are paying gratitude to this star. He would remain alive in the hearts of his fans.