On Thursday, October 12, Events DC hosted more than 350 attendees at the 2017 Nell and John Wooden Leadership in Coaching Awards Dinner. We honored Roy Williams, the 2017 NCAA men’s basketball championship coach from the University of North Carolina, along with the two DC-area high school coaches who won both the WCAC and DCSAA basketball championships: Steve Turner from Gonzaga College High School and Jonathan Scribner from St. John’s College High School.
The Nell and John Wooden Leadership in Coaching Award, named for legendary UCLA basketball coach John Wooden and his wife, recognizes coaches who exemplify Wooden’s “Pyramid of Success” teachings for developing their student-athletes both on and off the court.
We were honored to celebrate this momentous occasion with a reception, dinner, and awards ceremony at the newly renovated Watergate Hotel.
In addition, we awarded long-time University of Virginia men’s tennis head coach and 4-time national champion Brian Boland, who recently left UVA to become the Head of Men’s Tennis for the USTA in charge of player development for the next generation of male US tennis stars.
The event also honored two inductees into the Washington Metropolitan Basketball Hall of Fame. Danny Ferry, former professional player and one-time general manager of the Atlanta Hawks, was introduced by David Falk. Walt Williams, former professional player and DC native, was introduced by Gary Williams.