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Nan Wooden, Daughter of Coach John Wooden, Passes Away

Sep 14, 2021
Nan Wooden

Nancy Anne (Nan) Wooden, the daughter of legendary former UCLA men's basketball coach John Wooden, died early Tuesday morning (Sept. 14) due to natural causes. She was 87.
A friend to so many individuals in the UCLA Athletics community, Nan Wooden had been a fixture at UCLA's games long after her father retired from coaching in 1975. She often sat in her father's reserved Pauley Pavilion seat in the lower portion of Section 103, among her friends and family members.
One of Coach Wooden's two children, Nan is survived by her younger brother, James (Jim) Wooden of Orange County, Calif.; her three daughters, Cathleen Trapani, Christy Impelman and Caryn Bernstein; six grandchildren, Tyler and Cameron Trapani, John and Kyle Impelman, Cori Andersen, and Eric Bernstein; and four great grandchildren, Charles and Audrey Andersen, Emi and Carter Impelman, and Joshua Robert Bernstein due in November.
Tyler Trapani, Nan Wooden's grandson, played on the men's basketball team from 2008-12 and scored the final basket in the previous configuration of Pauley Pavilion in a victory against Arizona (Feb. 26, 2011), before the historic arena underwent an 18-month renovation.
Born in Kentucky in 1934 and raised in Indiana, Nan Wooden and her family moved to Southern California during her teenage years, in 1948, when her father accepted the job as UCLA's head coach (prior to the 1948-49 season).
As UCLA's head coach from 1948 through 1975, John Wooden helped lead the Bruins to 10 NCAA titles in his final 12 seasons (1964-1965, 1967-1973, 1975). He guided UCLA to the all-time NCAA men's basketball record of 88 consecutive wins, spanning four seasons. UCLA recorded consecutive 30-0 seasons in 1971-72 and 1972-73. The Bruins won 149 of 151 games in Pauley Pavilion with Coach Wooden at the helm. He passed away at age 99 in 2010.