Success Is in the Details

And Other Life Lessons from Coach Wooden’s Playbook

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

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.

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


"Another treasure trove of life lessons by the great John Wooden."--Mike D'Antoni, Houston Rockets head coach

"Pat Williams captures not only the greatness but the goodness of John Robert Wooden."--Dick Enberg, sportscaster, winner of multiple Hall of Fame and Emmy awards


Pat Williams is senior vice president of the NBA's Orlando Magic. He has more than fifty-five years of professional sports experience, has written more than one hundred books, including the popular Coach Wooden, Coach Wooden's Greatest Secret, and Character Carved in Stone, 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 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 Difference You Make, and Character Carved in Stone. Learn more at www.writinginoverdrive.com.


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, Coach Wooden's Greatest Secret, and Character...

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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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