Happy Birthday Coach! We want to thank you for all you have done for our University. You, more than anyone, are our model for what it means to be a Bruin and a wonderful human being. The stories people share about you and your own words, show that you not only talked the talk, but you knew how to walk the walk. You lived a humble life under the brightest lights. You put people and teaching above winning. You knew that doing things the right way was more important than glory. Yet, in choosing the path of humility, teaching, and character above all else, you succeeded in the more conventional sense of the word (winning) more than any other. You were named the Greatest Coach of All Time by Sporting News. You created records that will probably never be matched, yet you always stayed true to yourself and to your core principles:
Here are a few of the more unconventional, conventional records Coach set(source CoachWooden.com):
- 10 NCAA Men's Basketball Championships.
- 7 straight Men's Basketball Championships.
- Most appearances in the Final Four (16); most consecutive appearances (9); most victories (21).
- Most consecutive men's basketball victories (88).
- 38 straight victories in NCAA tournament play.
- 8 perfect Pac-8 tournament victories.
- All time 40 year winning percentage .813 (Dayton High School, South Bend Central High School, Indiana State Teachers College, U.C.L.A.