Maryland hoops legend Morgan Wootten in hospice

Morgan Wootten, head basketball coach at DeMatha High School smiles at a press conference to announce his stepping down as coach, Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2002, in Hyattsville, Md. Wootten's career record is 1,274-192. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
Morgan Wootten, head basketball coach at DeMatha High School smiles at a press conference to announce his stepping down as coach, Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2002, in Hyattsville, Md. Wootten’s career record is 1,274-192.

Morgan Wootten, head basketball coach at DeMatha High School, right, speaks at a press conference to announce his stepping down as coach, Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2002, in Hyattsville, Md. Wootten's career record is 1,274-192. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
Morgan Wootten, head basketball coach at DeMatha High School, right, speaks at a press conference to announce his stepping down as coach, Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2002, in Hyattsville, Md. Wootten’s career record is 1,274-192.

Morgan Wootten (R), who has been named Washington, DC, high school Basketball Coach of the Year ten times, is congratulated by former Boston Celtic's coach Red Auerbach (L) and Dave Gavit chairman of the board of the Basketball Hall of Fame (C) after Wootten was inducted into the 2000 Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts, Civic Center 13, October, 2000. Wootten is the high school coach with the most wins 1,213. (FILM)  AFP PHOTO  JOHN MOTTERN (Photo by JOHN MOTTERN / AFP) (Photo by JOHN MOTTERN/AFP via Getty Images)
Morgan Wootten (R), who has been named Washington, DC, high school Basketball Coach of the Year ten times, is congratulated by former Boston Celtic’s coach Red Auerbach (L) and Dave Gavit chairman of the board of the Basketball Hall of Fame (C) after Wootten was inducted into the 2000 Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts, Civic Center 13, October, 2000.

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Morgan Wootten, head basketball coach at DeMatha High School smiles at a press conference to announce his stepping down as coach, Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2002, in Hyattsville, Md. Wootten's career record is 1,274-192. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
Morgan Wootten, head basketball coach at DeMatha High School, right, speaks at a press conference to announce his stepping down as coach, Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2002, in Hyattsville, Md. Wootten's career record is 1,274-192. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
Morgan Wootten (R), who has been named Washington, DC, high school Basketball Coach of the Year ten times, is congratulated by former Boston Celtic's coach Red Auerbach (L) and Dave Gavit chairman of the board of the Basketball Hall of Fame (C) after Wootten was inducted into the 2000 Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts, Civic Center 13, October, 2000. Wootten is the high school coach with the most wins 1,213. (FILM)  AFP PHOTO  JOHN MOTTERN (Photo by JOHN MOTTERN / AFP) (Photo by JOHN MOTTERN/AFP via Getty Images)
Legendary DeMatha Catholic High School basketball coach Morgan Wootten is in hospice care, the school announced Monday.

Neither the school nor the Wootten family provided further details.

After 1,274 career victories, 33 WCAC titles and five mythical national championships, Wootten, now 88, became the first high school coach ever inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2000.

He took over a DeMatha team that had withdrawn from Washington Catholic Athletic League play before his arrival and lifted them to a 79-40-2 record, including three league titles over 12 years at the helm.

Wootten also had a successful though lesser-known legacy as a football coach, for which he was honored in 2019 with induction to the DC Touchdown Club’s Circle of Legends.

WTOP’s Noah Frank contributed to this report.

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