Head Coach of the UCLA Bruins (1948-1975)
Ten NCAA National Championships
Seven Consecutive National Championships (1967-1973)
88 consecutive victories (longest in NCAA history)
12 Final Four Regional Championships
Six-time NCAA Coach of the Year
Inducted into the National Basketball Hall of Fame in 1972
Inducted into the College Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006
664–162 overall record
John Wooden's accomplishments will forever live on in a legacy that still continues to this day, even at age 99. Though he lost his wife, Nell, on March 21, 1985, he continues to live in the same home and still has her things right where she left them.
He is still as sharp at his age now than he was when he retired from coaching after the 1975 season. He's what college basketball coaches, both male and female, strive to become but there will never be another John Wooden.
In a role that may be among the hardest in sports movie history, it's a role that will come with a great deal of humility and respect.
It's a role that goes from the jubilation of national championships to the despair of losing a partner in life, to the continued praise Wooden gets even to this day.
It's a role not to be taken lightly, but a role that could be one that an actor would be honored to play. That role couldn't be done better than by Kevin Spacey.
He brings the kind of softness to this role that Wooden brought to his own life and to his coaching philosophy.