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Nan Wooden, daughter of legendary coach, dies at 87

City News Service | 9/17/2021, 6 a.m.
Nan Wooden, daughter of legendary UCLA men’s basketball coach John Wooden and a dedicated supporter of Bruin athletics...
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Nan Wooden, daughter of legendary UCLA men’s basketball coach John Wooden and a dedicated supporter of Bruin athletics, died this week at age 87.

According to the university, Nan Wooden died of natural causes. Her father, widely regarded as one of the greatest coaches of all time, died in 2010 at age 99.

Nan Wooden was one of John Wooden’s two children. She is survived by her brother Jim.

Nan Wooden was a longtime presence at Pauley Pavilion long after her father retired from coaching in 1975, often occupying John Wooden’s reserved seat at the arena, according to the university. Her grandson, Tyler Trapani, played for UCLA from 2008 to 2012.

Nan Wooden is also survived by her three daughters, Cathleen Trapani, Christy Impelman and Caryn Bernstein; six grandchildren, Tyler and Cameron Trapani, John and Kyle Impelman, Cori Andersen, and Eric Bernstein; and four great grandchildren, Charles and Audrey Andersen, Emi and Carter Impelman.