RIP Coach John Wooden (1910-2010)
I have read books by all kinds of coaches from all different sports, and I find that I pick something up from all of them. But none more than Coach John Wooden.Â Knowing that the man had won 12 NCAA basketball titles at UCLA, a book about him was the first I read.Â
Looking back now, I realize that Coach Wooden’s wisdom not only made me a better coach, but it started me on my path to a career in sport psychology.Â His philosophy is contains great insights on the mental game that are so important in sport psychology:Â Setting expectations and being firm with them, focusing on the controllables, focusing on the performance rather than the outcome, and being a good teammate, among others.
Here is Coach Wooden’s famous “Pyramid of Success:”
I high recommend any books by or about Coach Wooden. But not only him – what coach or player do you admire?Â Do a little research, find a book, read and learn!
What are some of your favorite stories or lessons from Coach Wooden?
What coaching books do you recommend?