Coach Wooden "Keys to Life" Award

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Coach Wooden "Keys to Life" Award
Awarded forQualities exemplified by Coach Wooden: outstanding character, integrity, and leadership on the court, in the work place, in the home, and in the community
CountryUnited States
Presented byAthletes in Action
First award1998
Most recentBilly Kennedy, Texas A&M and his wife Mary Kennedy

The Coach Wooden "Keys to Life" Award is presented annually to a member of the college or professional basketball community who lives out qualities exemplified by Coach John Wooden: outstanding character, integrity, and leadership on the court, in the work place, in the home, and in the community. The award was established in 1998 and was named for head coach John Wooden, who coached at UCLA for 27 years, compiling 620 wins in 767 games. He was inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006.[1][2]


Clark Kellogg won the award in 2003
John Beilein won the award in 2019
Season Recipient Schools / notes
1997–98 Marv Harshman Washington
1998–99 A.C. Green NBA All-Star
1999–00 Jerry Colangelo USA Basketball Chairman
2000–01 Junior Bridgeman 12 Year NBA Veteran, Louisville Final Four 1975
2001–02 Mark Price NBA All-Star
2002–03 Clark Kellogg CBS Basketball Analyst
2003–04 David Robinson NBA All-Star, MVP
2004–05 Bobby Jones 1983 NBA Champion with the 76ers, 5xAll Star, HOFer
2005–06 Lorenzo Romar Washington
2006–07 Jim Haney Executive Director NABC
2007–08 Hubert Davis ESPN College Basketball, 13 year NBA Veteran, North Carolina Final Four 1991
2008–09 David Thompson Basketball Hall of Fame, NC State NCAA Champions 1974
2009–10 Don Meyer Former coach of Northern State, 2009 ESPY Award Winner
2010–11 Charlie Ward 1993 Heisman Trophy winner, led the New York Knicks to the NBA Finals 1999
2011–12 Homer Drew Former coach at Valparaiso
2012–13 Dick Bennett Former coach at Wisconsin and Washington State
2013–14 Del Harris Former NBA coach, Milwaukee Bucks, Los Angeles Lakers, and Houston Rockets
2014–15 Danny Miles[3] Former coach at Oregon Tech
2015–16 Cazzie Russell Former NBA all-star
2016–17 Gary Cunningham & Paul Westphal Former assistant to John Wooden and head coach of UCLA,
Former NBA player and coach of the Phoenix Suns
2017–18 Rick Barnes[4] Tennessee
2018–19 John Beilein[5] Michigan
2020–21 Billy Kennedy and Mary Kennedy[6][7] Former coach of Texas A&M and his wife. First couple to receive this award.
2021–22 Allan Houston NBA all-star
2022–23 Scott Drew Baylor


  1. ^ "Coach John Wooden". John Wooden. Retrieved April 10, 2019.
  2. ^ "Past Coach Wooden "Keys to Life" Award Winners". Athletes in Action Legends Breakfast. Retrieved April 10, 2019.
  3. ^ "2015 Coach John Wooden "Keys to Life" Award to Honor NAIA Great". NAIA. Retrieved April 10, 2019.
  4. ^ "BARNES TO RECEIVE ATHLETES IN ACTION'S 2018 COACH WOODEN "KEYS TO LIFE" AWARD". University of Tennessee Athletics. Retrieved April 10, 2019.
  5. ^ "Michigan basketball coach John Beilein honored with award at Final Four". MLive Media Group. Retrieved April 10, 2019.
  6. ^ Eagle staff (February 26, 2020). "Former Texas A&M men's basketball coach, wife earn national award". The Bryan-College Station Eagle. Retrieved July 14, 2021.
  7. ^ Eldridge, Taylor (April 6, 2021). "Basketball coach Billy Kennedy wins John Wooden Keys award". The Wichita Eagle. Retrieved July 14, 2021.

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