Almost exactly four years ago, in June 2010, the world said goodbye to a man whose legacy transcended his accomplishments in the sport of basketball: John Wooden, the "Wizard of Westwood." Known primarily for his success as the UCLA basketball coach, his team won 10 NCAA championships -- including seven in a row -- within a 12 year span. He did it with student-athletes who were redshirted as freshmen and played in an era when the dunk was outlawed. Even if his records and championships are someday eclipsed, it's hard to imagine a man more beloved, both on and off the court. Wooden's "Pyramid of Success" and "Seven Point Creed" have shaped countless lives and remind all of us: "Perform at your best when your best is required. Your best is required each day."
John Wooden didn't just say these words, he lived them. A new biography by Seth Davis, Wooden: A Coach's Life, chronicles his childhood in Indiana, his college and basketball playing days at Purdue, service in the Navy during WWII, long coaching career, and later life. Biographer David Marannis, who wrote a book on another legendary coach (Vince Lombardi) says of Wooden: A Coach's Life. "This is a superb biography, worthy of its subject. With deep research, clear writing, and objective thinking, Seth Davis has cut through the mythology to present John Wooden and his UCLA dynasty in a fresh and compulsively readable way."