DeMatha Catholic Hall of Fame coach Morgan Wootten passes away at 88

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Naismith Hall of Fame coach Morgan Wootten has passed away. He was 88.

When he was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame, he was the first high school coach to receive the honor. He was a coach at DeMatha Catholic, outside of Washington, D.C. from 1956 through 2002.

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He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2000.

An official cause of death has not been announced. The school announced his death on Wednesday.

The school shared that he passed away at 9:50 pm on Tuesday night. He was surrounded by his family at the time of his death, who were in prayer, as he passed away peacefully.

“I would like to be remembered as a good husband, a good father, a good teacher, and a person, who really cared about other people,” Wootten said in 1988 about his legacy.

With the DeMatha Catholic Stags, his numbers were staggering. He went 1,274-192 for nearly an 87% win percentage.

He won five high school national Championships in 1962, 1965, 1968, 1978, and 1984. He also guided the team to 22 Washington, D.C. Championships in 1961-1966, 1968, 1970-1973, 1978, 1979, 1981-1984, 1988, 1991, 1994, 1998, and 2002.

He also guided his teams to 33 Washington Catholic Athletic Conference Championships. His teams won from 1961-1968, 1970-1976, 1978-1985, 1987, 1988, 1990-1992, 1994, 1996, 1998, 2001, and 2002.

Wootten’s teams finished as the top-ranked team in the Washington, D.C. area 17 times. He had a winning record every season that he coached at the school.

There was only one season during his entire tenure with the Stags that he did not win more than 20 games. That was during the 1957-1958 season when the team went 17-11.

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