"Coach" at Purdue Coach John Wooden Coach on the sidelines at UCLA game
Wooden Way Leadership

A Business Management Seminar Based on the Leadership Principles of the "Coach of the Century"


Seminar Description

Who Should Attend

An Unparalled Record

Worthy of the recognition as ESPN's "Coach of the Century," as well as countless other accolades and awards for civic and humanitarian service, John Wooden's on-the-court accomplishments are extraordinary and are standing time's test well.

He guided his UCLA teams to ten NCAA championships, four undefeated seasons, and an .800 winning percentage. His teams chalked-up 88 consecutive wins; had 38 consecutive wins in the NCAA tournament competition; and a home record at Pauley Pavilion of 149 wins and only 2 losses!

He is one of only three men enshrined in the Basketball Hall of Fame as both a player and a coach.

He reached and stayed at the pinnacle of his professional field with good talent, and with great talent. He won (actually, he would modestly tell you that "his players won") with simple offenses with multiple options that were geared around guards, then forwards, and then centers. He had only one defensive scheme and one out-of-bounds play. He reserved his applause for fifteen-foot bank shots at the end of a fast break, and frowned upon demonstrative or fancy-play antics. He used the bench as an ally, and over 90% of his players graduated.  He signed one-year contracts and his top salary, in 1975, was a very conservative $32,500.

No matter who the competition was or the cards he was dealt, Coach was the exemplar of excellence, always conducting himself and his teams with dignity and class, in victory or in defeat. His recent recognition as a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, this country's highest non-military honor, is also a true testimony of his character.

The setting may not have been a boardroom, but this is a man who knows something about optimizing team performance and sustainable success.