2012 Geno Auriemma, Connecticut
2011 Tom Izzo, Michigan State
2010 Billy Donovan, Florida; Rick Barnes, Texas
2008 Pat Summitt, Tennessee; Gene Keady, Purdue; Jim Boeheim, Syracuse
2005 Jim Calhoun, Connecticut
2004 Mike Montgomery, Stanford
2003 Roy Williams, Kansas
2002 Denny Crum, Louisville
2001 Lute Olson, Arizona; Mike Krzyzewski, Duke
1999 Dean Smith, North Carolina
About the John R. Wooden Award
Created in 1976, the John R. Wooden Award is the most prestigious individual honor in college basketball. It is bestowed upon the nation’s best basketball player at an NCAA Division I university who has proven to his or her university that he or she is making progress toward graduation and maintaining a minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA. Previous winners include Larry Bird (’79), Michael Jordan (’84), Tim Duncan (’97) and last year’s recipients, Brittney Griner of Baylor and Anthony Davis of Kentucky.
Since its inception, the John R. Wooden Award has contributed nearly one million dollars to universities’ general scholarship fund in the names of the All American recipients and has sent more than 1,000 underprivileged children to week-long college basketball camps. Additionally, the John R. Wooden Award partners with Special Olympics Southern California (SOSC) each year to host the Wooden Award Special Olympics Southern California Basketball Tournament. The day-long tournament brings together Special Olympics athletes and the All American players in attendance. It is hosted at The Los Angeles Athletic Club during the John R. Wooden Award weekend.
The Legends of Coaching Award will be presented at the 37th Annual Wooden Award Gala Celebration, which will take place the second week of April 11-13, 2012. For up-to-date information on the Wooden Award, please go to www.facebook.com/woodenaward and www.woodenaward.com.