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Bill Walsh's bio

Name: William Ernest Walsh.

Born: Nov. 30, 1931.

Died: July 30, 2007

Birthplace: Fremont, Calif.

Playing career: San Mateo Community College, San Jose State. As an end for the Spartans, he had four career receptions.

Coaching record: Three Super Bowl titles with San Francisco (1982, 1985, 1989); 6 NFC West division titles; 102-63-1 overall in 10 NFL seasons; 17-7 at Stanford from 1977-78, then 17-17-1 there from 1992-94. Also assistant coach with Oakland (1966), Cincinnati (1968-75) and San Diego (1976). Mentored many NFL coaches and assistants.

Family: Wife, Geri; two children, Craig and Elizabeth. Son Steve, died of leukemia at age 46 in 2002.

Other honors: Elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1993. NFL coach of the year 1981; NFC coach of the year 1984; NFL 1980's All-Decade team. Nicknamed "The Genius" for his offensive innovations, including the "West Coast Offense." Named 49ers general manager in 1982 and president in 1985, then took both positions again from 1999-2001.

Biography: Bill Walsh got his first job as a head coach in the pros at the age of 47 in 1979 when the San Francisco 49ers named him head coach and general manager. The 49ers had won just 31 of their last 86 games and were 2-14 in 1978.

But Walsh was up to the challenge and in just three years provided the 49ers with their first-ever National Football League championship with a 26-21 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals in Super Bowl XVI. It was the first of a great string of successes for Walsh.

In his 10 seasons as head coach of the 49ers, Walsh compiled an impressive 102-63-1 mark that included 10 wins in 14 postseason games. Under Walsh, the 49ers won six NFC Western Division championships and NFC titles in 1981, 1984, and 1988. Those NFC titles were followed with victories in Super Bowls XVI, XIX, and XXIII which made the 49ers, by every measurement, the NFL team of the 1980s.

In seven of Walsh's last eight seasons, the 49ers won 10 or more games and appeared in the NFC playoffs. The 49ers advanced to the NFC title game against the Washington Redskins in 1983 and to the first playoff round in 1985, 1986, and 1987. Walsh was named the NFL Coach of the Year in 1981 and and NFC Coach of the Year in 1984.

Bill began his pro coaching career as an assistant with the Oakland Raiders in 1966. He then served with the Cincinnati Bengals from 1968 to 1975 and the San Diego Chargers In 1976. While he was still an assistant coach, Walsh developed the reputation for being a superb offensive coach who specialized in the passing game. He is credited with shaping Ken Anderson of the Bengals, Dan Fouts of the Chargers and Joe Montana of the 49ers into outstanding quarterbacks.

Walsh got his first college coaching job at California in 1960 when he was hired by Marv Levy. Walsh was hired by John Ralston at Stanford as an assistant in 1963, working alongside coaches Dick Vermeil and Mike White. The Oakland Raiders and Al Davis hired Walsh as an assistant under John Rauch in 1966. Walsh was then hired by Paul Brown and the Bengals before the 1968 season. Ironically, it was in Cincinnati where he created his "West Coast" style of offense.

Coaching Tree: Walsh and his famed assistants, Mike Holmgren, Jim Fassel, Sam Wyche, George Seifert and Dennis Green produced many of the NFL's current head coaches. Those names include: Bruce Coslet: 1969--75 TE, Bengals (Walsh off. coord.); 1980 TE coach, 49ers (Walsh HC); 1990--93 Head coach, Jets; 1996--2000 Head coach, Bengals

Tony Dungy: 1979 DB, 49ers (Walsh HC); 1992--95 Defensive coordinator, Vikings (Green HC); 1996--2001 Head coach, Buccaneers; 2002--present Head coach, Colts

Ray Rhodes: 1980 DB 49ers (Walsh HC); 1981--91 DB coach, 49ers (Walsh, Seifert HCs); 1992--93 Def. coord., Packers (Holmgren HC); 1994 Def. coord., 49ers (Seifert HC); 1995--98 Head coach, Eagles; 1999 Head coach, Packers

Sam Wyche: 1968--70 QB, Bengals (Walsh offensive assistant); 1979--82 QB coach, 49ers (Walsh HC); 1984--91 Head coach, Bengals; 1992--95 Head coach, Buccaneers

Brian Billick: 1979--80 PR asst., 49ers (Walsh HC); 1989--91 TE coach, Vikings (Green HC); 1993--98 offensive coordinator, Vikings (Green HC); 1999--present head coach, Ravens

Rod Dowhower: 1977--78 QB coach, Stanford (Walsh HC); 1979 head coach, Stanford; 1985--86 head coach, Colts

Dennis Green: 1977--78 Asst., Stanford (Walsh HC); 1986--88 WR coach, 49ers (Walsh HC); 1989--91 head coach, Stanford; 1992--2001 head coach, Vikings; 2004--06 head coach, Cardinals

Mike Holmgren: 1986--88 QB coach, 49ers (Walsh HC); 1989--91 offensive coordinator, 49ers (Walsh, Seifert HCs); 1992--98 head coach, Packers; 1999--present head coach, Seahawks

George Seifert: 1980--82 DB coach, 49ers (Walsh HC); 1983--88 defensive coordinator, 49ers (Walsh HC); 1989--96 head coach, 49ers; 1999--2001 head coach, Panthers

Mike White: 1978--79 OL coach, 49ers (Walsh HC); 1980--87 head coach, Illinois; 1995--96 head coach, Raiders

Bill Callahan: 1981 offensive assistant, Illinois (White HC); 1995--97 OL coach, Eagles (Rhodes HC); 1998--01 offensive coordinator, Raiders (Gruden HC); 2002--03 head coach, Raiders

Pete Carroll: 1990--93 defensive coordinator, Jets (Coslet HC); 1995--96 defensive coordinator, 49ers (Seifert HC); 1997--99 head coach, Patriots

Brad Childress: 1985 QB coach, Colts (Dowhower HC); 2006--present Head coach, Vikings

Jack Del Rio: 1992--95 LB, Vikings (Green HC); 1999--2001 LB coach, Ravens (Billick HC); 2003--present head coach, Jaguars

Herm Edwards: 1996--2000 assistant head coach, Bucs (Dungy HC); 2001--05 head coach, Jets; 2006--present head coach, Chiefs

Jim Fassel: 1979 QB coach, Stanford (Dowhower HC); 1980--82 QB coach, Stanford (Green offensive coordinator); 1997--2003 head coach, Giants; 2004--06 offensive coordinator, Ravens (Billick HC)

Jeff Fisher: 1992--93 DB coach, 49ers (Seifert HC); 1995--present head coach, Titans

Jon Gruden: 1990 offensive assistant, 49ers (Seifert HC); 1992--97 offensive assistant, Packers, Eagles (Holmgren, Rhodes HCs); 1998--2001 head coach, Raiders; 2002--present head coach, Bucs

Gary Kubiak: 1994 QB coach, 49ers (Seifert HC); 1995--2005 offensive coordinator, Broncos (Shanahan HC); 2006--present head coach, Texans

Rod Marinelli 1996--2001 DL coach, Bucs (Dungy HC); 2002--05 assistant head coach, Bucs (Gruden HC); 2006--present head coach, Lions

Steve Mariucci: 1992--95 QB coach, Packers (Holmgren HC); 1996 Head coach, Cal; 1997--2002 head coach, 49ers; 2003--05 head coach, Lions

Mike McCarthy: 1999 QB coach, Packers (Rhodes HC); 2006--present head coach, Packers

Marty Mornhinweg: 1995--96 Off. asst.--QB coach, Packers (Holmgren HC); 1997--2000 offensive coordinator, 49ers (Mariucci HC); 2001--02 head coach, Lions

Mike Mularkey: 1995 TE coach, Bucs (Wyche HC); 2004--05 Head coach, Bills

Andy Reid: 1992--98 TE-QB coach, Packers (Holmgren HC); 1999--present Head coach, Eagles

Mike Shanahan: 1988--89 head coach, Raiders; 1992--94 offensive coordinator, 49ers (Seifert HC); 1995--present head coach, Broncos

Mike Sherman: 1997--98 TE-OL coach, Packers (Holmgren HC); 1999 Off. coord., Seahawks (Holmgren HC); 2000--05 head coach, Packers

Lovie Smith: 1996--2000 LB coach, Bucs (Dungy HC); 2001--03 Def. coord., Rams; 2004--present head coach, Bears

Mike Tice: 1996--2001 TE-OL coach, Vikings (Green HC); 2002--05 head coach, Vikings

Mike Tomlin: 2001 DB coach, Bucs (Dungy HC); 2002--05 DB coach, Bucs (Gruden HC); 2006 defensive coordinator, Vikings (Childress HC); 2007 head coach, Steelers

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