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What Beau Bridges Learned from Legendary Coach John Wooden (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Aug 30th 2011 6:15PM
Beau Bridges on coach John Wooden on 'Good Day New York'In his new NBC movie, 'Game Time: Tackling the Past,' Beau Bridges plays Frank Walker, a small town high school football coach. You could make the case that it's a role for which he's spent a lifetime preparing, as evidenced by his interview on 'Good Day New York' (weekdays, 9AM ET on Fox). Bridges' dad coached his teams growing up, and Bridges has five kids, and said he has coached all of their teams, as well.

He also learned a lot in college, where he played for a year under legendary coach John Wooden, who coached the UCLA men's basketball team to ten championships in twelve years. He shared some of Wooden's pyramid of success, which he developed as an English teacher. "The pyramid being these blocks of character elements that you need to find success," said Bridges. "To coach, success wasn't about winning, it was finding piece of mind."

Bridges didn't elaborate on the whole pyramid, but he covered the two most important points. "The two cornerstones -- enthusiasm, which is joy, basically, and industriousness, hard work," he said. "[Wooden] said if you bring those two elements together, then you're going to succeed." That should apply to acting as well as coaching.

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I believe you mean "peace of mind" not "piece of mind."

September 01 2011 at 9:31 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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