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Morgan B. Wootten

Enshrined 2000
Durham, NC
Born: April 21, 1931

Biography

Coaching success is synonymous with the name Morgan Wootten. No other coach in basketball history has better combined their love for the game with their passion for coaching students. In over forty years of coaching at legendary DeMatha High School, Wootten won more than 1,200 games and is the most successful high school coach in basketball history. At the time of his enshrinement, Wootten had led DeMatha to the mythical national championship in 1962, 1965, 1968, 1978, and 1984. The 1965 DeMatha team broke the 71-game winning streak of Lew Alcindor's Power Memorial team. Recording over 40 consecutive seasons with at least 20 wins, his teams have won more than 30 conference championships. And to Wooten's credit, DeMatha has finished the season ranked No. 1 in the Washington, D.C. area more than 20 times. A dedicated educator, more than 150 of Wootten's former players have gone on to play college basketball, while a dozen have played in the NBA. More than 20 of his former coaches or players are now coaching on the high school, collegiate or professional level.

Career Highlights

National championships at DeMatha High School, 1962, 1965, 1968, 1978, 1984
USA Today National Coach of the Year, 1984
First recipient of the Walt Disney Award presented to the top sports coach in the United States, 1991
Naismith Scholastic Coach of the Century, 2000