By Larry McDonald

Hall of Fame DeMatha Catholic High coach Morgan Wootten, considered one of the best coaches in the history of the sport, has died at 88, according to DeMatha, where Wootten coached for 46 years.

The Hyattsville school announced Wootten’s death on its Twitter account early this morning.

“The Wootten Family is saddened to share the news that their loving husband and father Morgan Wootten passed away yesterday evening at 9:50 p.m.,” the school’s tweet said. “Morgan was surrounded by his family in prayer and passed away peacefully as he wished.

“The Wootten Family would like to extend their deepest gratitude for all the prayers and overwhelming support they have received during this time. Arrangements will be forthcoming.”

Wootten won five national championships and more than 1,200 games at DeMatha. During his time at DeMatha, the Stags won at least 20 games in every season but 1957-58, Wootten’s second season at the helm. They won 33 Washington Catholic Athletic Conference championships. He was inducted into the Naismith Hall of Fame in 2000, the third high school coach to earn that honor, and retired with a 1274-192 record in 2002.

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