Legends of Coaching
The Legends of Coaching Award was adopted by the John R.Wooden Award Committee in 1999. North Carolina’s Dean Smith was the first recipient of the award in 1999, followed by Duke University’s Mike Krzyzewski in 2000, the University of Arizona’s Lute Olson in 2001, the University of Louisville’s Denny Crum in 2002, the University of North Carolina’s, Roy Williams (was coaching at the University of Kansas when he received the award), in 2004 from Stanford University, Mike Montgomery, the University of Connecticut’s Jim Calhoun and the latest addition from Syracuse University, Jim Boeheim.
The Award recognizes the lifetime achievement of coaches who exemplify Coach Wooden’s high standards of coaching success and personal achievement. When selecting the individual, the Wooden Award Committee considers a coach’s character, success rate on the court, graduating rate of student athletes, his coaching philosophy and his identification with the goals of the John R. Wooden Award.
Legends of Coaching Winners