They Call Me Coach

They Call Me Coach


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They Call Me Coach by John Wooden

The legendary coach talks about his life, his players, and his winning philosophies in this bestselling autobiography

John Wooden's dedication and inspiration made him America's "winningest" coach. His beliefs in hard work and preparedness brought the UCLA Bruins an unparalleled 10 NCAA basketball championships. Now in this bestselling autobiography--with a Foreword by Hall-of-Famer Bill Walton--the college basketball legend reflects on his record-breaking career, his life behind the scenes, and how his top players went on to shape and change the NBA.

From the everyday basics to important life lessons ("It's not how tall you are, but how tall you play"), Wooden shares his worldly wisdom on and off the court to offer a personal history of an unforgettable time in college basketball, answering the most-asked questions about his life, his career, and the players who made his teams unbeatable.

"They Call Me Coach is grass-roots Americana, a story bigger than basketball. One of those rare sports books that is must reading for everyone."
--Chicago Tribune

"What Knute Rockne was to football, Connie Mack to baseball, and Wilbur and Orville Wright to flying, John Wooden is to basketball. This book captures the full flavor of the man, the philosophies that work in life, and the philosophies that work on the court. I commend it to people who want to succeed at either--or both."
--Los Angeles Times

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780071424912
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
Publication date: 09/17/2003
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 215,374
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

John Wooden (1910-2010), guided the UCLA Bruins to ten NCAA basketball championships over a 12-year period, including four perfect seasons and an 88-game winning streak. He was named ESPN’s “Greatest Coach of the 20th Century” and voted “#1 Coach of All Time” by The Sporting News. Sports Illustrated said it best when they said: “There’s never been a finer man in American sports than John Wooden, or a finer coach.” In 2003 John Wooden was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

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They Call Me Coach 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Coach John Wooden (the famous UCLA Basketball Coach)goes through his past coaching days and childhood. Coach Wooden recalls his past and present to give us a better idea of his personality. He also reveals his methods, tactics, and game/motivativing strategies to the public. This bautifully written book show why the Coach has all the calls.
ague on LibraryThing 2 days ago
"Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do." - p. 56.He made 100 consecutive free throws one year playing pro ball for the Kautsky Athletic Club.
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WarrenW More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this. I like reading about great achievers because seeing how they think helps me think better.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
They Call Me Coach by John Wooden is a must read for anyone interested in sports, but it is also a must read for anyone who wants to read about a man with great integrity and character. The book gives a detailed description of John Wooden's coaching career and his path to success. The book does not highlight how John Wooden was the greatest coach to ever coach college basketball and how he has won the most national championships by any coach with a total of 10. However, it emphasizes the values that John Wooden held and gives a detailed description of each team John Wooden coached. It also details the different styles of coaching he used for each team. Finally, the book gives a glimpse into John Wooden's family life with his kids, and religion. John Wooden always had integrity when dealing with any issue and his character and perseverance helped him through the difficult obstacles that were before him when coaching. Overall, this book was hard to put down and it allowed me to analyze different aspects of my character. I can't emphasize enough the fact that this book is a must read. 
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h2so4 More than 1 year ago
if one does not leave a comment they more or less have not passed the 1st grade and can't write let alone read. So ignore the ratings that don't leave comments. This is a great book which is applicable to all areas of life.
hrhlaurie More than 1 year ago
The condition of the was great, it should since it was purchased as a new copy. My nephew requested the book as a gift. He is a new high school coach.