The Roads and Transportation Committee today passed House Concurrent Resolution 14, urging the Department of Transportation to name the section of the highway John R. Wooden Way. Rep. Foley (R-Martinsville) is the author of the resolution.
Rep. Foley filed the resolution at the request and inspiration of Elmer Reynolds, a local resident and historian. Reynolds attended the committee meeting delivering a testimonial regarding the life and times of John R. Wooden.
"I am pleased to see this measure pass to the House," said Rep. Foley. "Coach Wooden has been a great role model to many as a coach and as an educator. I am honored to be able to recognize him for his achievements. I would also like to thank Elmer Reynolds for appearing before the committee today and sharing his stories about Coach Wooden."
Sen. Richard D. Bray (R-Martinsville) is the Senate sponsor of the resolution.
Wooden was born in Hall, IN, on Oct.14, 1910. He led Martinsville High School to the state championship finals for three consecutive years, winning the tournament in 1927.
While attending Purdue University, Wooden was a three-time All-America guard, was named All-Big Ten and All-Midwestern and was a member of Purdue's 1932 national championship team.
He graduated from Purdue in 1932 and later earned a master's degree at Indiana State Teacher's College, now Indiana State University, where he also served as athletic director and basketball coach before moving on to UCLA
With UCLA, Wooden won 10 NCAA men's basketball championships and made 16 appearances in the Final Four. He was the first person to be inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame both as a player and as a coach.