The Bookshelf – Wooden by John Wooden & Steve Jamison

Have you ever wondered what the elite coaches read each month?

My friend, Dr. Paul Schempp, at the Sport Instruction Research Laboratory at the University of Georgia, recently polled the top expert coaches in their sport and asked them to send in the most influential reads in their lives. This list is amazing and with each blog I will personally share with you a book from the shelf of the great coaches and teachers of all time.

Here is one of the top picks.  If you haven’t read this book and have a passion to succeed in life, it is a must!

WOODEN:  A Lifetime Of Observations And Reflections On And Off The Court, by John Wooden and Steve Jamison (1997), Contemporary Books


Book Description

“I am just a common man who is true to his beliefs.”–John Wooden
Evoking days gone by when coaches were respected as much for their off-court performances as for their success on the court, Wooden presents the timeless wisdom of legendary basketball coach John Wooden. In honest and telling passages about virtually every aspect of life, Coach shares his personal philosophy on family, achievement, success, and excellence. Raised on a small farm in south-central Indiana, he offers lessons and wisdom learned throughout his career at UCLA, and life as a dedicated husband, father, and teacher. These lessons, along with personal letters from Bill Walton, Denny Crum, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Bob Costas, among others, have made Wooden: A Lifetime Of Observations And Reflections On And Off The Court  an inspirational classic.