DeMatha legend Morgan Wootten in hospice care

Chris Lingebach
January 21, 2020 - 11:08 am
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Morgan Wootten, the legendary DeMatha Catholic High School basketball coach, has entered hospice care at his Maryland home, the school announced on Monday.

Wootten, 88, is home with his wife, Kathy.

"Just wanted to inform the DM community that Morgan Wootten is home now w hospice care," a statement from DeMatha reads. "He wants the entire community to know how much he appreciates all of the love and support he and Kathy (& the family) have received. The prayers mean the world to them."

Inducted in 2000, Wootten is the only person to coach exclusively at the high school level who has ever been enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, which still maintains the Morgan Wootten Lifetime Achievement Award in his honor. The award honors "those who have had tremendous influence on the game."

More than 150 of Wootten's former players went on to play college basketball and 13 made it to the NBA. One of the game's finest mentors, more than 20 of Wootten's former players or coaches have gone on to coach for themselves at the high school, collegiate or professional level.

Wootten retired in 2002 after 46 years, having led DeMatha to 33 WCAC championships, 22 D.C. city championships, and with the school recognized for five national championships during his time. With a 1,274-192 career coaching record (1956-2002), Wootten finished with an .869 winning percentage and incredibly recorded over 40 consecutive seasons with at least 20 wins.

Anyone wishing to send correspondence to Wootten is asked to email his children: Moowoowootten@gmail.com

Just wanted to inform the DeMatha community that Morgan Wootten is home now with hospice care. Again, he wants the entire DeMatha community to know how much he sincerely appreciates all of the love and support he and Kathy (and the family) have received. The prayers mean the world to them! Anyone wanting to send Morgan a message can e-mail his children at Moowoowootten@gmail.com . Thank you! # Onedematha

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