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Thursday, June 10, 2010

Coach John Wooden

I was blessed with a chance to visit with Coach Wooden over breakfast a few days ago. I have never known a man as wonderful and kind and wise as Coach. He is now 97 years of age and still going strong. I know that he understands that God has blessed him in so many ways. He loves his family and would do anything in the world for them. He is involved in their lives is so many ways. He loves all of the players who played for him and still is close to so many of his ex-players and coaches. He is respected around the world for his teachings and his wisdom. He has so many books that describe him and I would suggest that if you've never read any of them that you google for his books and you will find a wealth of wisdom. Most importantly he loves the Lord. He has lived his life simply setting an example. He still serves as a teacher, mentor and friend to so many people around the country.

Coach... I love you. It is a joy to know that you have always let your light shine for Jesus.

The Lord has indeed blessed you in so many ways and I thank you for always pointing others to Him... Thank you for always using your life to make a difference in so many other's lives. You have selflessly served those who are in your inner circle as well as those who watch from afar. I pray that God would continue to give you good health, a quick mind and a heart that longs for heaven...

Be blessed in all you do....



sam said...

Wow...that's awesome Pastor D.

I read Coach Wooden's book "The Call me coach" and I was blown away.

After reading it, I felt as though I've known coach my entire life!

That man has changed people's lives for the Lord and I pray he continues to do so.

Mari said...

Pastor Dudley,
I moved to Indiana about 6 months ago, but I still listen to the services and pray for what I consider my home church. I would love to know about Pastor Joshua W. How is his health? He was a blessing for me and my family.

patfoster said...

Were you aware that Coach John Wooden still drives his car?????
And he eats breakfast every morning at VIPS in the Valley. He is such an inspiration and obviously GOD has blessed him graciously. Pastor Dudely, YOU are also an inspiration and quite an instrument of God!!!I have truly been blessed to have found Shepard of the Hills because before Shepard came to me, I was very lost. That was some years ago, and my thrist for more knowledge about GOD and JESUS is endless. Merry Christmas, and May GOD bless you for what you do in HIS name. Thank You.Pat Foster& Elvis

Debbie said...

Love your blog and and wonderful sentiments about Coach. I have recently launched a card line that I have partnered with Coach in creating. It is called the Coach Wooden Card Collection and will be available online very soon at
These cards celebrate and encourage success! If you would like a sample or have any questions, please email me at

Thank you!