Coach Wooden's Forgotten Teams

Stories and Lessons from John Wooden's Summer Basketball Camps

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Rediscover the man, the coach, and the legend you thought you knew

Legendary UCLA basketball coach John Wooden is known for his record-breaking run of NCAA championships and for working with some of the best players in the sport. His principles for success have been used by not only coaches and athletes but also entrepreneurs and leaders of all kinds. But his reach stretches even farther than most people know--into the hearts and lives of the people who learned the game of basketball on one of Coach Wooden's forgotten teams.

For nearly twenty years, John Wooden ran scores of summer youth basketball camps, imparting wisdom and teaching skills to thousands of boys and girls between the ages of eight and fifteen. Most would not grow up to play professional or even college ball, but all of them found their lives changed by their interaction with the greatest coach who ever lived. In those camps, Coach Wooden also impacted hundreds of camp counselors and assistant coaches.

This one-of-a-kind book shares their inspiring stories, along with six fundamental lessons from Coach Wooden for a life of success and unforgettable impact on others.


"Pat uncovers new insights into my father's life--his values, his faith, his intensely competitive spirit, and his serving heart."--Nan Wooden

"Pat Williams captures the essence of what makes John Wooden the greatest college basketball coach of all time."--Dick Vitale, Hall of Fame college basketball analyst

"Another treasure trove of life lessons by the great John Wooden. This book provides valuable insights on how to be better in basketball and in the game of life."--Mike D'Antoni, Houston Rockets head coach

"What a wonderful idea to capture Coach Wooden hard at work at his summer basketball camps. This book has great value to anyone in a position of leadership. I couldn't put it down."--Josh Pastner, Georgia Tech head men's basketball coach

"Coach Wooden is an example for all of us to follow, and I have long held his words and philosophies in high regard. Pat Williams's new book will make a big difference in your life."--Michael Malone, Denver Nuggets head coach

"Pat Williams captures not only the greatness but the goodness of John Wooden. Other than my own father, Coach Wooden is the greatest man I've ever known."--Dick Enberg, sportscaster, winner of multiple Hall of Fame and Emmy awards

"Pat Williams's great new book, Coach Wooden's Forgotten Teams, brings it all back--the fun, the excitement, and the joy of playing basketball under the instruction of Coach John Wooden himself!"--Ann Meyers Drysdale


Pat Williams is senior vice president of the NBA's Orlando Magic. He has more than 50 years of professional sports experience, has written more than 100 books, including the popular Coach Wooden, Coach Wooden's Greatest Secret, and The Success Intersection, and is one of America's most sought-after motivational speakers. He lives in Florida. Find out more at www.patwilliams.com.

Jim Denney is a writer with more than 100 books to his credit. His collaborative titles include numerous books with Pat Williams, including Coach Wooden, Coach Wooden's Greatest Secret, and The Success Intersection. Find out more at www.writinginoverdrive.com.


Endorsements

"Pat uncovers new insights into my father's life--his values, his faith, his intensely competitive spirit, and his serving heart."

Nan Wooden

"Pat Williams captures the essence of what makes John Wooden the greatest college basketball coach of all time. Coach Wooden was a Hall of Famer as a leader, mentor, and, most of all, in the game of life."

Dick Vitale, Hall of Fame college basketball analyst

"Pat Williams has given us another treasure trove of life lessons by the great John Wooden. This book provides valuable insights on how to be better in basketball and in the game of life."

Mike D'Antoni, Houston Rockets head coach

"What a wonderful idea to capture Coach Wooden hard at work at his summer basketball camps. This book has great value to anyone in a position of leadership. I couldn't put it down."

Josh Pastner, Georgia Tech head men's basketball coach

"Coach Wooden is an example for all of us to follow, and I have long held his words and philosophies in high regard. Pat Williams's new book about Coach Wooden will make a big difference in your life."

Michael Malone, Denver Nuggets head coach

"Pat Williams captures not only the greatness, but the goodness of John Robert Wooden. Other than my own father, Coach Wooden is the greatest man I've ever known. Williams's impeccable detail of this incredible teacher-coach provides a special treat for the reader. Enjoy it. He's given you a treasured seat right behind the bench of a Hall of Fame coach."

Dick Enberg, sportscaster, winner of multiple Hall of Fame and Emmy awards

"I got to meet Coach Wooden when I was a graduate assistant at the University of Kentucky after I played there. Coach Wooden would come to visit Kentucky after he had retired to watch practice. I had to pick him up at the airport and transport him back to the hotel. He was such a kind and gentle man. He had a presence about him that I will never forget. Pat has captured the essence of how Coach Wooden carried himself and the respect that he had throughout his coaching career. It is a great read. John Wooden represents all we should be as people and basketball coaches."

Dwane Casey, Toronto Raptors head coach

"Pat Williams' great new book, Coach Wooden's Forgotten Teams, brings it all back--the fun, the excitement, and the joy of playing basketball under the instruction of Coach John Wooden himself! It's impossible to measure his impact on the young people who passed through his camps, but through the stories Pat tells and through Coach Wooden's own words in this book, his much-needed influence continues to impact lives today."

Ann Meyers Drysdale

"Retired basketball player, WNBA executive, and sportscaster Pat Williams's book, Coach Wooden's Forgotten Teams, is terrific. Sometimes, we overthink ourselves as coaches when simple, character-driven principles are the most important things we can teach."

Dave Joerger, Sacramento Kings head coach

"One week at a John Wooden summer basketball camp changed the course of my life. The first day of camp, I dislocated a finger on an outdoor court rim, and Coach Wooden himself reset my finger. That was my introduction to Coach. He later recruited me to UCLA, where I had the honor of playing in four straight NCAA Final Fours. Pat Williams's new book captures the excitement and the life-changing impact the John Wooden camps had on me and countless other young people. A must-read for any Coach Wooden fan!"

Ralph Drollinger, president and founder of Capitol Ministries

"Once again, through his associations with Coach John Wooden, Pat Williams has captured the true man that Coach Wooden was. In Coach Wooden's Forgotten Teams, Williams has delved into Coach Wooden as a teacher in his youth camps, after his basketball coaching career at UCLA. Coach Wooden's systems and philosophies will continue to affect current and future generations to come. Pat Williams's book enforces Coach Wooden's legacy of teaching and communication that truly transcends time. This book will transform you."

Tubby Smith, University of Memphis head basketball coach

"I was fortunate to attend Coach Wooden's basketball camps, and be coached by John Wooden. The camps were a platform that helped me earn a basketball scholarship to UCLA, then play thirteen years of NBA basketball. Today, I continue to earn a living in the sport I love, and I give most of the credit to John Wooden. There was an aura around him that exuded greatness and evoked reverence--and Pat Williams has captured it in this book. I highly recommend it!"

Kiki VanDeWeghe, vice president of Basketball Operations for the NBA


The Authors

  1. Pat Williams

    Pat Williams

    Pat Williams is senior vice president of the NBA's Orlando Magic. He has more than 50 years of professional sports experience; has written more than 100 books, including the popular Coach Wooden, The Difference You Make, and The Sweet Spot for...

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  2. Jim Denney

    Jim Denney

    Jim Denney is the author of Walt's Disneyland, Answers to Satisfy the Soul, Writing in Overdrive, and the Timebenders series for young readers. He has written many books with Pat Williams, including Coach Wooden, The...

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