A provocative and revelatory new biography of the legendary UCLA coach John Wooden, by one of America’s top college
No college basketball coach has ever dominated the sport like John Wooden. His UCLA teams reached unprecedented heights
in the 1960s and ’70s capped by a run of ten NCAA championships in twelve seasons and an eighty-eight-game winning
streak, records that stand to this day. Wooden also became a renowned motivational speaker and writer, revered for his
“Pyramid of Success.”
Seth Davis of Sports Illustrated and CBS Sports has written the definitive biography of Wooden, an unflinching portrait
that draws on archival research and more than two hundred interviews with players, opponents, coaches, and even Wooden
himself. Davis shows how hard Wooden strove for success, from his All-American playing days at Purdue through his early
years as a high school and college coach to the glory days at UCLA, only to discover that reaching new heights brought
new burdens and frustrations. Davis also reveals how at the pinnacle of his career Wooden found himself on questionable
ground with alumni, referees, assistants, and even some of his players. His was a life not only of lessons taught, but
also of lessons learned.
Woven into the story as well are the players who powered Wooden’s championship teams – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Bill Walton,
Walt Hazzard, and others – many of whom speak frankly about their coach. The portrait that emerges from Davis’s
remarkable biography is of a man in full, whose life story still resonates today.