Wish Coach Wooden A Happy Birthday

October 7th, 2009 by jon180

As Coach celebrates another birthday in a life well lived, please celebrate with him and send him your best.

7,577 Responses to “Wish Coach Wooden A Happy Birthday”

  1. Ronald Leaf says:

    Dear Coach,

    I wish you the happiest of birthdays. Thank you so much for all you have done for the people around the world.

    As a psychologist who works with children with developmental disabilities I have tried to use your sage principles to help children, parents and their teachers. In lectures I share that your principles of outstanding teaching apply to everyone including baseketball players and children with special needs.

    When I was 11 years old you wrote me a letter that was incredibly important in my life. You included the poem:

    “Remember this your lifetime through,
    Tomorrow there will be more to do,
    And failure waits for all who stay,
    With some success made yesterday,
    Tomorrow you must try once more,
    And even harder than before.”

    Your letter, the poem and your life has been truly inspirational.

    Thank you and Happy Birthday!

  2. Jim Larson says:


    I want to wish you a most delightful and happy 99th
    birthday. Thank you for all
    the times you reached to help a small time coach, may
    God continue to pour out His
    blessings on your life. You
    will always be The Coach to our family.


  3. Ashley says:

    You’ve touched so many lives. Truly inspiring to read the all the lovely sentiments from former players. Best wishes for a wonderful birthday (and many more)!

  4. Ryan Roberts says:

    Happy Birthday Coach!

  5. Etai Movshovitz says:

    Coach Wooden will always serve as a pillar of inspiration to all who strive for grateness!

  6. Roger & Marsha Armstrong says:




    Roger and Marsha Armstrong

  7. Josh Gallaway says:

    Happy Birthday, Brother John _2230_

    yours in __kai__

  8. Claudia Herczog says:

    Many happy returns of the day of thy birth, Many seasons of joy be given,
    And may the dear father prepare thee on earth, for a beautiful birthday in heaven.
    Thank you for the seasons of joy & inspiration you have given to so many of us.
    Claudia Herczog (Carpinteria, CA)

  9. Bob Kearney says:

    Happy Birthday Coach Wooden…wishing you much health and happiness at 99 and on your way to 100.

  10. David Pollock says:

    Happy Birthday Coach Wooden.
    You have been an inspiration to me for many, many years. As a freshman at UCLA in 1972, you sat across from me during breakfast my first day at school. Here I was my first day at UCLA, and there was my idol sitting across from me. You were so kind to me as I nervously asked you some basketball questions. I never forgot that moment.

    Go Bruins!

  11. Felix Cortez says:

    Thank you for being the role model we coaches strive to be! Have a wonderful 99th Birthday.
    Felix Cortez
    Ventura High School
    Ventura, California

  12. Dear Coach Wooden,
    Happy Birthday. I was Dr George Rosso’s Dental Assistant.You were always so kind, caring and such a gentleman. I enjoyed knowing you and Nell and will always remember you. May this next year bring you more happiness with your family.
    Love and Best Wishes,
    Mary Anna Kienholz

  13. Irv Drasnin says:

    Happy Birthday, Coach, and thanks for being a Bruin and much more.

    Irv Drasnin, ASUCLA President ’56

  14. Bob Charnaw says:

    Dear Coach,
    I want to take a few minutes to wish you all the best on this your 99th b-day. You have brought much happiness into my life, my wifes life and my sons life, all of us Bruins. I was on campus 65 to 71 and saw the best. Even #10, my little boy at the time watched every minute. That was all he needed, a Bruin for life. I was there at the first Kareem game against SC when he blew them out. One more moment, we were in the Coop and saw you chew out Sidney and Curtis. I can go on and on. But what I remember the most was when you spoke at my letterman’s dinner in Palm Springs in the early 60s. So here’s to you Coach, see you at the games.

    With Love and Blessings,

    Bob Charnaw, UCLA Engineering,69, 71 & 81

  15. Jack Doyle says:

    Happy Birthday Coach, growing up in southern cal and playing basketball at pasadena city college we played your freshmen team. Loved your coaching those early teams and will never understand why someone has not copied your methods.

  16. Bob Chaffee says:

    Happy Birthday Coach Wooden. Thank you so much for giving not only myself, but all those who have come in contact with you in any way, a philosophy and blueprint for being successful in life. I have used your teachings in all the coaching positions I have had and am pleased to say that they have led my players to many successes, both on and off the court. Stay well, and we’ll see you for many more years in the “new” Pauley Pavilion.

    Bob Chaffee
    UCLA ’74

  17. Ralph Erickson says:

    God bless

  18. Quinn says:

    happy birthday your a true inspiration

  19. JEFF ROMAN says:

    Happy Birthday

    Jeff Roman
    Purdue NE 1982

  20. Joel Shapiro says:

    Dear Coach Wooden,
    Happy Birthday. You have inspired me to be the best leader and coach that I can be.Enjoy your birthday!
    You are loved and admired by so many.
    Joel Shapiro
    Burbank unified School District

  21. Anthony and Crisella says:

    Happy Birthday Coach Wooden! We met you several years ago at the UCLA Festival of Books. You autographed a ball for me and signed a book for Anthony. My usually verbose husband was so in awe of you that he couldn’t speak a word. It was the first time that he was ever at a loss for words. You are an inspiration to us and our family. Our family strives to follow your example of goodness and character. Much love, health, and happiness. Happy, Happy Birthday from all of us – Anthony, Crisella, Maralyse, Shayne, and Blueboy.

  22. Mike says:

    Coach Wooden,

    Happy Birthday! I wish I had the privilege of watching you coach UCLA basketball at its absolute finest. The hearts of all UCLA students will always be with you. Thank you for your dedication, the memories, and so much more!

  23. Maurice Flora says:

    Happy birthday, Coach John.
    I am so happy to greet you today on this special day in your life. We all love you so much for the gifts you have provided for us. I was the Royal Oak HS coach in 1965 through 1968 and you provided direction and leadership for me. Better know as a mentor. We love you for it and the memories you provided at UCLA. I attended a bunch of games and watched you lead your guys to winning. Thanks. Mauri Flora

  24. David Geffen says:

    The College Football Player will NEVER be the same.
    You’ve changed the whole playing field!!!

  25. Terrence Smith says:

    Happy Birthday coach!

  26. Jack Polson says:

    Have a special Day

  27. Kevin says:

    A very happy birthday to Coach Wooden. He has made a big difference in many lives. Well done, Indiana Rubber Man.

  28. john rosales says:

    dear coach,
    happy 99th birthday! my wish is that we can wish you a happy 100th next year.
    you are an inspiration and a great role model for all of us.


  30. Coach Wooden Happy Birthday!

  31. Happy Birthday to a special Man

  32. Tiffany says:

    Happy 99th Birthday! All the best to you for all the wonderful work you have done and will continue to do.

  33. emptypocket4 says:

    Happy Birthday Coach! You were an amazing guide to many people. I wish you good health and another good year.

  34. Jan Guerrero says:

    Happy Birthday Coach!
    As a Bruin in the ’70’s, it was a thrill to see you on campus. I avidly watched your games and the magic you inspired in your teams. You and your book has served to be such a great role model for me and my family. My family had an opportunity to meet you personally in the 90’s. My son participated in Craig Impelman’s Basketball Camp and the highlight in all our lives was meeting you on the last day of the camp. You were gracious and welcoming to my children who were your biggest fans. Thank you for instilling great values in our lives. I wish you continued blessings. See you at Pauley! Until then enjoy a blessed 99th!!
    Jan Guerrero

  35. Tina says:

    Happy Birthday to a very inspiring and kind man! You’re one of the best things about UCLA!
    Tina (a UCLA school of law alum)

  36. Larry Luna says:

    Happy Birthday, and thank you for your contribution to humanity!

  37. Randall Wood says:

    Happy Birthday, Coach. You are an inspiration, both on and off the basketball court!

  38. Jim Miller says:

    Dear Coach,

    My high school followed your scheme in 1971. More importantly my Dad introduced me to your wisdom in the ensuing years. You are a national treasure. My wishes for a Happy Birthday.

    Jim Miller

  39. Kathie says:

    Birthday Greetings Coach Wooden,

    This is your quote: “Success is peace of mind which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you did your best to become the best you are capable of becoming.” Happy birthday to the most successful man I know!!

  40. Dear Coach Wooden.. 99 years young. A very Happy Birthday to you. You are the greatest Bruin!!

  41. Ian says:

    I am 12 yrs old playing basketball for my team the Mahalo Tigers, and in the 7th grade. I live near UCLA and enjoy watching the basketball games; with some of my favorite players Collison, Westbrook, and Shipp. But my favorite player/coach ,and who has made the biggest difference in my life was you, John Wooden, your many life lessons taught to you by your peers, Glenn Curtis, Piggy Lambert ,or Joshua Hugh Wooden. When Im in the middle of a basketball game or in the middle of my math class I recite to myself, “Success is having the knowledge that you tried your personal best to achieve success.”(not your exact words). Was one of my favorite life lessons that you had taught. If I were to ever meet you, i’m sure we would be great friends. But right know you have been a great teacher, through your book My Personal Best which was a birthday present when I was turning 6 or 7, and it has been the best and most useful present I have ever gotten by my best friend Russell W (not Westbrook). But on that note I would like to say Thank-you for guiding me on the right path, and finally; have a happy birthday! Happy Birthday Mr.Wooden.

  42. Roger & Marsha Armstrong says:

    Happy Birthday,Coach!!!

    Take good care of yourself!

    God Bless You as you celebrate your 99th birthday!

    Loyal Bruin Supporters,
    Roger & Marsha Armstrong
    Go BRUINS!!!

  43. Donna Witteborn says:

    Happy Birthday to an amazing man who has lived every one of his 99 years to the fullest. We hope you are with us for #100. Best wishes from a big fan of yours. Donna

  44. Alfredo Caravelli says:

    Dear Coach Wooden,

    May God Bless You on your 99th birthday.

    Thank you for the superb example you have set during your lifetime as an athlete, coach, teacher and, most importantly, as the most remarkable, intelligent, thoughtful considerate and caring human being that God ever put on this earth.

    You have accomplished what very few, if any, people have during their lifetimes. Purposeful compassion and love for all that you have touched. You’re fine example has definitely made this world a better place.

    God Bless You and Many Happy Returns……..

    Kathleen & Alfredo Caravelli
    Santa Monica, CA
    (by way of Chicago, IL)

  45. Mark J. Gennarelli says:

    Happy Birthday Coach Wooden.

  46. Rusticles says:

    I work at the wooden center and every day I read the little quotations painted all over the walls for inspiration. Happy birthday sir and thank you for the continued motivation and inspiration for success.

  47. Dan says:

    Happy 99th B-day Coach and thanks for being an an inspiration to all of us..Go Bruins!

  48. Bernard Ussery says:

    My high school basketball coach was Al Herring who played for Wooden at UCLA. I received my first Pyramid of Success when I was 14 years old and have owned one (almost continuously) ever since. The teachings are timeless and continue to assist and guide me. Thanks Coach

  49. Ryo Fukuda says:

    Happy Birthday Coach!

    You are an inspiration to all who are in the education field.

  50. Miriam Kavis says:

    Happy Birthday Coach
    May you have another blessed birthday Coach Wooden. Thank you for touching so many lives in such a positive way with your wisdom, patience, moral character, work ethic and humanity. You epitomize the best of UCLA and we are so proud to be Bruin fans! Thank you for your Pyramid of Success! It is a pleasure seeing at breakfast from time to time.

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