Morgan Bayard Wootten (born April 21, 1931, Durham, North Carolina) is an American former 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. 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 their 71-game winning streak. His career coaching record stands at 1,274-192.
Former 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." On October 13, 2000, Coach Wootten was inducted into the Hall of Fame, one of three high school basketball coaches ever so honored. His overall record at the time was 1,210 wins and 183 losses.
Wootten attended the University of Maryland. During his coaching career at DeMatha, located just two miles away from his alma mater, he received job offers from Georgetown and American and 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.
Head coaching record
Season-By-Season Records Under Wootten
|Dematha Stags (Washington Catholic Athletic Conference) (1956–2002)|
|1960-1961||DeMatha||27-1||1st||Ranked 1st in D.C. Area|
|1961-1962||DeMatha||29-3||1st||High School National Champions|
|1962-1963||DeMatha||36-4||1st||Ranked 1st in D.C. Area|
|1963-1964||DeMatha||27-2||1st||Ranked 1st in D.C. Area|
|1964-1965||DeMatha||28-1||1st||High School National Champions|
|1965-1966||DeMatha||28-1||1st||Ranked 1st in D.C. Area|
|1967-1968||DeMatha||27-1||1st||High School National Champions|
|1969-1970||DeMatha||28-3||1st||Ranked 1st in D.C. Area|
|1970-1971||DeMatha||29-2||1st||Ranked 1st in D.C. Area|
|1971-1972||DeMatha||30-1||1st||Ranked 1st in D.C. Area|
|1972-1973||DeMatha||30-1||1st||Ranked 1st in D.C. Area|
|1977-1978||DeMatha||28-0||1st||High School National Champions|
|1978-1979||DeMatha||28-3||1st||Ranked 1st in D.C. Area|
|1980-1981||DeMatha||28-2||1st||Ranked 1st in D.C. Area|
|1981-1982||DeMatha||28-3||1st||Ranked 1st in D.C. Area|
|1982-1983||DeMatha||27-4||1st||Ranked 1st in D.C. Area|
|1983-1984||DeMatha||29-2||1st||High School National Champions|
|1987-1988||DeMatha||30-3||1st||Ranked 1st in D.C. Area|
|1990-1991||DeMatha||30-0||1st||Ranked 1st in D.C. Area|
|1993-1994||DeMatha||28-4||1st||Ranked 1st in D.C. Area|
|1997-1998||DeMatha||34-1||1st||Ranked 1st in D.C. Area|
|2001-2002||DeMatha||32-3||1st||Ranked 1st in D.C. Area|
National champion Conference regular season champion Conference tournament champion
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.
Wootten has written 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 lead 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.
Notable Players Coached by Wootten
- John Austin
- Keith Bogans
- Adrian Branch
- Mike Brey
- James Brown
- Kenny Carr
- Sid Catlett
- Perry Clark
- Adrian Dantley
- Ron Everhart
- Danny Ferry
- Joseph Forte
- John Jones
- Sidney Lowe
- Brendan McCarthy
- Jerrod Mustaf
- Victor Oladipo
- Byron Richards
- Heath Schroyer
- Pete Strickland
- Brian Westbrook
- Charles "Hawkeye" Whitney
- Dereck Whittenburg
- Bernie Williams
Notable Assistant Coaches to Wootten
- NFHS Record Book
- Banks, Don (April 3, 1987). "Teacher FIrst, Seldom Second, Wootten Has Built Monument to Excellence at Maryland's DeMatha High". St. Petersburg Times.
- Maxwell, John (2003). Equipping 101. Nashville: Thomas Nelson. p. 15. ISBN 9780785263524.
- The Wizard Of Washington; Morgan Wootten's name is similar to John Wooden's, and so is his record as a basketball coach. In his 23 seasons at DeMatha High School he has triumphed 88% of the time, Sports Illustrated, January 29, 1977.