UCLA’s legendary former basketball coach died at 6:45 p.m. Friday at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. His 100th birthday would have been Oct. 14.
“Coach Wooden’s legacy transcends athletics; what he did was produce leaders,” UCLA Chancellor Gene Block said. “He was truly a legend in his own time, and he will be a legend for generations to come.”
Coach Wooden led the Bruins to ten national titles and his teams included some of the most accomplished players in the history of college basketball.
“It’s kind of hard to talk about Coach Wooden simply, because he was a complex man,” former UCLA star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar said. “But he taught in a very simple way. He just used sports as a means to teach us how to apply ourselves to any situation.”