Legendary high school basketball coach Morgan Wootten, who led Hyattsville (Md.) DeMatha Catholic to a 1,274-192 record during his 46 years at the helm, has passed away.
Wootten was 88. He had entered hospice care in recent days and passed away Tuesday night.
DeMatha Catholic announced the news of Wootten’s death this morning.
The Wootten Family is saddened to share the news that their loving husband and father Morgan Wootten passed away yesterday evening at 9:50pm. Morgan was surrounded by his family in prayer and passed away peacefully as he wished.
— DeMathaHighSchool (@DeMathaCatholic) January 22, 2020
Under Wootten’s guidance, DeMatha won five national championships, 22 Washington D.C. Championships and 33 Washington Catholic Athletic Conference titles.
Wootten is one of only three high school basketball coaches enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. He was inducted in 2000.
Of his team’s many victories, perhaps none is more famous than when Wootten and DeMatha beat Lew Alcindor and Power Memorial Academy of New York in 1965, snapping the program’s 71-game winning streak.
YOU WILL ALWAYS BE OUR COACH. WE LOVE YOU. TO THE GREATEST MORGAN WOOTTEN 🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽 pic.twitter.com/KrEfmhFIcw
— Mike Jones (@DeMathaHoops) January 22, 2020
Wootten sent dozens of players to the collegiate ranks over the years, with several going on to play in the NBA, including Adrian Dantley, Kenny Carr, Danny Ferry, Adrian Branch, Keith Bogans and Joseph Forte.
A full obituary for Wootten can be found here, courtesy of the Washington Post. Funeral and memorial arrangements are pending.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Wootten family and the entire DeMatha community. Rest in Peace, Coach.