Legendary UCLA basketball Coach John Wooden, who led his team to 10 NCAA championships over 12 years, including an 88-game winning streak from 1971 to 1974, has died at the age of 99.
The humble man was sometimes more of a teacher, life guide or spiritual adviser than a coach. He never raised his voice during his 27 year career.
Wooden authored a lecture and book about the Pyramid of Success, a set of philosophical building blocks for winning at basketball and at life. The last book he authored was released in 2009, Coach Wooden’s Leadership Game Plan for Success: 12 Lessons for Extraordinary Performance and Personal Excellence.
Among his maxims:
* Failing to prepare is preparing to fail.
* Flexibility is the key to stability.
* Be quick, but don’t hurry.