Sounders coach Sigi Schmi played at UCLA from 1972-75 and coached there from 1980 to 1998.
So he was asked last night to comment on the passing of UCLA basketball coaching legend John Wooden:[caption id="attachment_6385" align="alignleft" width="200" caption="Schmid"] [/caption]
“Tremendous memories from the standpoint as a student there I had some friends who were on the basketball team and I used to watch practice all the time…Seeing him work, seeing the way he always tried to bring the best out of each individual and by bringing the best out of each individual, that made them a great team. His calmness, his decorum having met him, spoken to him, just his overall demeanor, his outlook on life is tremendous. I think we’ve lost a very unique and a very special person. I’ve gotten emails from teammates of mine who were there at the same time and everybody is expressing how much they appreciated him. A lot of guys have the Pyramid of Success in their offices signed by him, it’s a huge loss, but we were very fortunate to have him here for 99-plus years. He’s a very, very special person and UCLA and sports are going to miss him.”