This is a part of our “UCLA’s Most Beloved” series, in which we have a bracket-style tournament to determine who UCLA’s most beloved sports figure is. For more info, visit here.
Today’s match-up: No. 1 John Wooden vs. No. 4 J.D. Morgan
Why Vote John Wooden
The answer here is obvious, if you ever do enough reading on UCLA basketball. To summarize this dude in such a short space is robbery, but here it goes.
Wooden was UCLA’s most successful coach in history, and as a result, became considered to be the greatest coach in the history of all sports. Wooden won 10 NCAA basketball championships in 12 years, and had a winning percentage of .804.
His impact beyond the court is probably what propelled him to the “greatest coach in the history of all sports” label, too. John Wooden’s Pyramid of Success and his advice on how to lead cannot be accurately matched by any other coach. For an example, I urge you to watch this video from TED when Wooden was still alive:
Why Vote J.D. Morgan
J.D. Morgan is responsible for a ton of things, including winning eight NCAA championships in men’s tennis as a head coach. Outside of that, the dude was also one of the most active and involved athletic directors in the history of collegiate athletics.
In his time, the dude helped build Pauley Pavilion, Spaulding Field and Drake Stadium, all while having his Bruins win a grand total of 30 NCAA championships during his tenure from 1963 to 1979. The dude had a passion for UCLA athletics that could very well go unmatched. Morgan was a passionate fan with all the athletic savvy you could ask for.
Now it’s your turn to vote. Who is more beloved?