NCAA Tournament History

John Wooden

While John Wooden will forever be known for coaching the UCLA Bruins to 10 championships, some might not know that he was an accomplished player as well, earning the distinction as the first three-time All-American while a player at Purdue.

Wooden's Career Record | UCLA Hit List | Wooden: 1910-2010

1930 All-American basketball player at Purdue
  
1931 All-American basketball player at Purdue
  
1932 All-American basketball player at Purdue
  
College Basketball "Player of the Year"
  
Big Ten Conference Medal for Proficiency in Scholarship and Athletics
  
1943 All-Time All-American Basketball team, Helms Athletic Foundation
  
1960 Inducted to the National Basketball Hall of Fame, as a player
  
1964 Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame, First Group
  
California "Father of the Year"
  
NCAA College Basketball "Coach of the Year"
  
1967 NCAA College Basketball "Coach of the Year"
  
1969 NCAA College Basketball "Coach of the Year"
  
1970 The Sporting News "Sports' Man of the Year"
  
NCAA College Basketball "Coach of the Year"
  
1971 Friar's Club "Coach of the Century"
  
1972 Inducted into the National Basketball Hall of Fame, as a coach (first person inducted in more than one category)
  
NCAA College Basketball "Coach of the Year"
  
1973 Sports Illustrated "Sports' Man of the Year"
  
UCLA Honorary "Alumnus of the Year"
  
Whitney M. Young, Jr., National Urban League Memorial Award for Humanitarianism
  
Campbell College "Honorary Doctorate of Humanities"
  
NCAA College Basketball "Coach of the Year"
  
1974 First Annual Dr. James Naismith Peach Basket Award for outstanding contributions to basketball
  
First Annual National Layman's Leadership Institute Velvet Covered Brick Award for Christian Leadership
  
First John Bunn Hall of Fame Service Award
  
California "Grandfather of the Year" Award by National Father's Day Committee
  
1975California Sports Father of the Year Award
1984 Indiana State Athletic Hall of Fame
  
1985 Bellarmine Medal of Excellence. First sports figure to be honored following such figures as Mother Teresa and Walter Cronkite.
  
1993 First CASEY Award for exceptional service in amateur athletics.
  
Sportslink "Pathfinder Award" to Hoosier with extraordinary service on behalf of American youth.
  
1994 Inducted into GTE/Academic All-America Hall of Fame.
  
Sports Illustrated "40 for the Ages".
  
Landry Medal for Inspiration to American youth.
  
1995 The Frank G. Wells Disney Award
  
Lexington Theological Seminary Service to Mankind Award.
  
Reagan Distinguished American Award.
  
AYA Humanitarian of the Year.
  
NCAA Theodore Roosevelt Sportsman Award
  
1996 Given Sixth Victor Award from City of Hope
  
1998 ICON Award, UCLA Center on Aging
  
Roy Firestone Award, Westcoast Sports Associates
  
Corvette Award, St. Vincent Medical Center
  
1999 Named by ESPN as the Greatest Coach of the 20th Century
  
San Pedro Boys and Girls Club Sevice to Youth award
  
2000 Naismith Men's College Coach of the 20th Century
  
University of Louisville "Honorary Doctorate of Public Service"
  
2001 25th Anniversary of the John R. Wooden Award
  
2002 Charter Member, Pac-10 Hall of Honor
  
2003 Awarded U.S. Medal of Freedom by President George W. Bush
  
(Dec. 20) "Nell and John Wooden Court" in Pauley Pavilion
  
2006 Named one of the 100 Most Influential Student-Athletes in NCAA History (No. 5)
  
U.S. Post Office in Reseda, CA, named in Coach Wooden's honor
  
Inducted into the NABC National Basketball Hall of Fame as a Charter Member

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