Preserving Coach's "Den"

Jill Painter reports in today's Daily News:

The Wooden family will put the condo (Coach's condo in Encino) on the market soon, but the room will remain a conversation piece. The family is donating most everything in the room - from presidential letters to books, pictures and the rolltop desk - so that others might share in the magic of Wooden's den.

The room will be displayed in the athletic Hall of Fame at the J.D. Morgan Center.

"There's all kind of little memorabilia and some nice things," said Nan Muehlhausen, Wooden's daughter. "He was a saver of things. Everything someone gave him meant something to him. That was his nature. It's very poignant, and there's a lot of good memories from that room."

Painter also reported that Coach's family rightfully is taking steps to preserve and protect Coach's legacy:

Wooden loaned his Pyramid of Success, the model he used in coaching and teaching to get the best from his students, to everyone since he never had it trademarked, but the family had the popular pyramid trademarked.

"We have a big family," Muehlhausen said. "We have seven grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren and one great, great grandchild. We're thinking of the future of Daddy and his descendants. (My brother) Jim and I never really thought about that for ourselves or for financial gain for us. But you know, when it comes to your grandchildren and great grandchildren, you do. You want to look out for them. If people want to call that selfish ... "

The family is also looking to get an LLC - limited liability corporation - established, and Muehlhausen said some of the money will go to charity. Wooden always wanted anything in his name to be done for charity.

You can read the full piece here.

I hope UCLA does more than just preserving his Den in Morgan Center. I think UCLA should be offering an undergraduate course reflecting on the life and lessons from Coach Wooden. It would be lot more than just about those championships in hoops. It would go to the heart of what it means to be a Bruin and apply lessons from one of the greatest teachers in our country's history in our everyday lives.

Coach is our intergalatic treasure.  It is up to UCLA to make sure it takes every step necessary to ensure he remains our Coach Forever.


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