Over his 27 year career at UCLA, John finished with a record of 620-147, good for 28th on the all-time list. He reached the NVAA tournament 16 times, making it to the Final Four 12 times, and winning the championship 10 times. He also accomplished two record-winning streaks of 88 consecutive regular season games and 36 consecutive NCAA tournament games.
John would end up becoming the first person to be elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as both a players and a coach. In honor of his career accomplishments not only as a coach, but a player as well, the NCAA established the John Wooden award in 1976. This award is given to the most outstanding men’s and women’s college basketball players every year.