More than a coach.

Coach John Wooden’s Seven Point Creed
  • Be true to yourself.
  • Help others.
  • Make each day your masterpiece.
  • Drink deeply from good books.
  • Make friendship a fine art.
  • Build a shelter against a rainy day by the life you live.
  • Give thanks for your blessings and ask for guidance every day.

I hope to live my life by these seven points. Coach Wooden certainly did.
It was so sad to hear of Coach Wooden’s passing yesterday. As part of the Bruin family for the past 4 years, the Golfer and I have slowly learned so much about this amazing man.

One of the first times that I was on the UCLA campus, someone said something about Coach Wooden.

“Who’s Coach Wooden?” I asked. I swear in that moment you could hear the whole campus abruptly stop and gasp in horror.
But you see, I grew up in the Sooner Nation, only hearing the names of Bud, Barry, and Bob when it came to sports. And after moving out west, I have slowly learned more about the greatest college coach ever. And I learned most of it from a children’s book.

For all of you mamas, may I highly recommend the children’s book written by Coach Wooden called, Inch and Miles: The Journey to Success. In this cute story, two little animals explore “the greatness that lives within all of us” through something that Coach Wooden created called the Pyramid of Success. The pyramid consists of 15 personal qualities that Coach Wooden believed brought success. Things like enthusiasm, loyalty, confidence, and poise. Things that we all want to teach our kids. What we all need to succeed.
Go to to learn more about this amazing man.


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