Although most coaches preach “the fundamentals,” the late John Wooden took the practice far beyond the obvious. The first lesson he imparted to his UCLA basketball players was on the proper way to put on socks and sneakers. His attention to even the smallest detail, and insistence on mastering it, is partly led what led to UCLA to become the most dominant men’s college basketball team in history. It won 10 national championships in a 12-year span, including seven in a row, between 1964 and 1975, when Wooden – known as the “Wizard of Westwood” – retired. Besides being a great basketball mind, however, Wooden was greatly admired for his emphasis on character education, using what he called his Pyramid of Success. Many of its principles are reflected in the quotes shared here.
“A coach is someone who can give correction without causing resentment.”
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