UCLA Spotlight

Happy 99, Coach Wooden

  • Published Oct 14, 2009 7:45 AM

In July the Sporting News named him number 1 among the "50 greatest coaches of all time." And he was a runaway winner, at that.

John Wooden's reaction was typically modest. He told an ESPN interviewer that he didn't really think it was possible to pick the best coach in a single sport, let alone overall. But he admitted he was proud to be thought "among the better coaches."

Today Coach Wooden celebrates his 99th birthday. He occupies a special place in the hearts of all UCLA Bruins. We invite you to listen to Coach Wooden - an interview recorded in May 2008, when he was inducted into the Los Angeles Coliseum's Court of Honor.

Then leave your own birthday greeting.