Morgan Wootten
Morgan Wootten


Morgan Wootten
Morgan Bayard Wootten (April 21, 1931 - January 21, 2020) was an American high school basketball coach. From 1956 to 2002, he coached at DeMatha Catholic

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Morgan WoottenBiographical detailsBorn(1931-04-21)April 21, 1931
Durham, North CarolinaDiedJanuary 21, 2020(2020-01-21) (aged 88)Coaching career (HC unless noted)1956–2002DeMatha Catholic HS Head coaching recordOverall1274–192Accomplishments and honorsChampionships5 high school national (1962, 1965, 1968, 1978, 1984)
22 Washington, D.C. (1961–1966, 1968, 1970–1973, 1978, 1979, 1981–1984, 1988, 1991, 1994, 1998, 2002)
33 WCAC (1961–1968, 1970–1976, 1978–1985, 1987, 1988, 1990–1992, 1994, 1996, 1998, 2001, 2002) Basketball Hall of Fame
Inducted in 2000

Morgan Bayard Wootten (April 21, 1931 - January 21, 2020) was an American high school basketball coach. From 1956 to 2002, he coached at DeMatha Catholic High School in Hyattsville, Maryland. He has the second most wins as a head coach in the history of basketball on any level, behind Robert Hughes.[1] A number of his players went on to play in the NBA, including Adrian Dantley and Danny Ferry. Wootten gained legendary status in 1965, when his DeMatha team beat Lew Alcindor's Power Memorial Academy and ended its 71-game winning streak. His career coaching record stands at 1,274-192. As the head coach of DeMatha basketball, Wootten won 5 High School National Championships, 22 Washington, D.C. Championships, and 33 Washington Catholic Athletic Conference championships.

UCLA basketball coach John Wooden (1910–2010) described his admiration for Wootten when he said, "I know of no finer coach at any level – high school, college or pro. I stand in awe of him."[2] On October 13, 2000, Coach Wootten was inducted into the Hall of Fame[3], one of three high school basketball coaches so honored. His overall record at the time was 1,210 wins and 183 losses.[4]

Wootten attended Gonzaga College High School in Washington, D.C. before leaving the area. He later returned to attend Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring before moving on to University of Maryland. During his coaching career at DeMatha, located just two miles (3 km) away from his alma mater, he received job offers from North Carolina State,[5] Georgetown, and American, as well as interest from Duke, Wake Forest, and Virginia. Wootten turned down the offers, according to Sports Illustrated, because the Maryland job, which was not forthcoming, was the only college job he wanted.[6]

In 2017, the documentary film Morgan Wootten: The Godfather of Basketball was released. The film explores Wootten's coaching journey from a baseball coach at a small orphanage to the first high school basketball coach in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, as well as his personal and family life. It was produced and directed by Bill Hayes, and features top coaches, players, and sports journalists, including Coach K, Roy Williams, Mike Brey, James Brown, John Feinstein and more.[7][8]

Head coaching record Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason Dematha Stags (Washington Catholic Athletic Conference) (1956–2002) 1956-57 DeMatha 22-10 1957-58 DeMatha 17-11 1958-59 DeMatha 23–10 1959-60 DeMatha 23-10 1960-61 DeMatha 27-1 1st Ranked 1st in D.C. Area 1961-1962 DeMatha 29-3 1st High School National Champions 1962-63 DeMatha 36-4 1st Ranked 1st in D.C. Area 1963-64 DeMatha 27-2 1st Ranked 1st in D.C. Area 1964-65 DeMatha 28-1 1st High School National Champions 1965-66 DeMatha 28-1 1st Ranked 1st in D.C. Area 1966-67 DeMatha 26-5 1st 1967-68 DeMatha 27-1 1st High School National Champions 1968-69 DeMatha 27-3 1969-70 DeMatha 28-3 1st Ranked 1st in D.C. Area 1970-71 DeMatha 29-2 1st Ranked 1st in D.C. Area 1971-72 DeMatha 30-1 1st Ranked 1st in D.C. Area 1972-73 DeMatha 30-1 1st Ranked 1st in D.C. Area 1973-74 DeMatha 27-5 1st 1974-75 DeMatha 26-5 1st 1975-76 DeMatha 28-5 1st 1976-77 DeMatha 29-4 1977-78 DeMatha 28-0 1st High School National Champions 1978-79 DeMatha 28-3 1st Ranked 1st in D.C. Area 1979-80 DeMatha 27-4 1st 1980-81 DeMatha 28-2 1st Ranked 1st in D.C. Area 1981-82 DeMatha 28-3 1st Ranked 1st in D.C. Area 1982-83 DeMatha 27-4 1st Ranked 1st in D.C. Area 1983-84 DeMatha 29-2 1st High School National Champions 1984-85 DeMatha 31-3 1st 1985-86 DeMatha 26-7 1986-87 DeMatha 28-6 1st 1987-88 DeMatha 30-3 1st Ranked 1st in D.C. Area 1988-89 DeMatha 27-5 1989-90 DeMatha 26-8 1st 1990-91 DeMatha 30-0 1st Ranked 1st in D.C. Area 1991-92 DeMatha 31-2 1st 1992-93 DeMatha 20-10 1993-94 DeMatha 28-4 1st Ranked 1st in D.C. Area 1994-95 DeMatha 26-7 1995-96 DeMatha 31-5 1st 1996-97 DeMatha 27-7 1997-98 DeMatha 34-1 1st Ranked 1st in D.C. Area 1998-99 DeMatha 28-4 1999-00 DeMatha 28-5 2000-01 DeMatha 29-6 1st 2001-02 DeMatha 32-3 1st Ranked 1st in D.C. Area Total: 1274-192(.869)

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

Personal life

Wootten resided in University Park, Maryland with his wife, Kathy, who he was married to since 1964. He had five children, Cathy, Carol, Tricia, Brendan, and Joe, and 14 grandchildren.

In 1996, Wootten nearly died because of a malfunctioning liver and was quickly rushed to the hospital for a liver transplant. Several years later, aged 75, one of his kidneys failed, and he received a transplant; the donor was his son, Joe Wootten.[citation needed]

Wootten wrote five books (including A Coach for All Seasons, Coaching Basketball Successfully, and From Orphans to Champions). His youngest son, Joe Wootten, follows his lead and is a successful basketball coach at Bishop O'Connell High School in Arlington, Virginia. They both led one of the largest camps in the US, Coach Wootten's Basketball Camp, held in Frostburg, Maryland at Frostburg State University and at Bishop O'Connell High School.[citation needed]

References
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  1. ^ NFHS Record Book
  2. ^ Banks, Don (April 3, 1987). "Teacher FIrst, Seldom Second, Wootten Has Built Monument to Excellence at Maryland's DeMatha High". St. Petersburg Times..mw-parser-output cite.citation{font-style:inherit}.mw-parser-output .citation q{quotes:"\"""\"""'""'"}.mw-parser-output .id-lock-free a,.mw-parser-output .citation .cs1-lock-free a{background:url("//upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/6/65/Lock-green.svg/9px-Lock-green.svg.png")no-repeat;background-position:right .1em center}.mw-parser-output .id-lock-limited a,.mw-parser-output .id-lock-registration a,.mw-parser-output .citation .cs1-lock-limited a,.mw-parser-output .citation .cs1-lock-registration a{background:url("//upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/d/d6/Lock-gray-alt-2.svg/9px-Lock-gray-alt-2.svg.png")no-repeat;background-position:right .1em center}.mw-parser-output .id-lock-subscription a,.mw-parser-output .citation .cs1-lock-subscription a{background:url("//upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/a/aa/Lock-red-alt-2.svg/9px-Lock-red-alt-2.svg.png")no-repeat;background-position:right .1em center}.mw-parser-output .cs1-subscription,.mw-parser-output .cs1-registration{color:#555}.mw-parser-output .cs1-subscription span,.mw-parser-output .cs1-registration span{border-bottom:1px dotted;cursor:help}.mw-parser-output .cs1-ws-icon a{background:url("//upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/4/4c/Wikisource-logo.svg/12px-Wikisource-logo.svg.png")no-repeat;background-position:right .1em center}.mw-parser-output code.cs1-code{color:inherit;background:inherit;border:inherit;padding:inherit}.mw-parser-output .cs1-hidden-error{display:none;font-size:100%}.mw-parser-output .cs1-visible-error{font-size:100%}.mw-parser-output .cs1-maint{display:none;color:#33aa33;margin-left:0.3em}.mw-parser-output .cs1-subscription,.mw-parser-output .cs1-registration,.mw-parser-output .cs1-format{font-size:95%}.mw-parser-output .cs1-kern-left,.mw-parser-output .cs1-kern-wl-left{padding-left:0.2em}.mw-parser-output .cs1-kern-right,.mw-parser-output .cs1-kern-wl-right{padding-right:0.2em}
  3. ^ Morgan Wootten profile at The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
  4. ^ Maxwell, John (2003). Equipping 101. Nashville: Thomas Nelson. p. 15. ISBN 9780785263524.
  5. ^ 30 for 30: Survive and Advance, Jonathon Hock, ESPN 2013, television.
  6. ^ Keith, Larry (January 29, 1979). "The Wizard of Washington". Sports Illustrated. p. 28.
  7. ^ Morgan Wootten: The Godfather of Basketball, retrieved 2020-01-20
  8. ^ "Morgan Wootten Film | The Godfather of Basketball". Morgan Wooten Film. Retrieved 2020-01-21.
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