Bill Walsh

Football Coach
Born Nov 30, 1931

William Ernest "Bill" Walsh was a head coach for the San Francisco 49ers and Stanford Cardinal football team, during which time he popularized the West Coast offense. Walsh went 102–63–1 with the 49ers, winning ten of his 14 postseason games along with six division titles, three NFC Championship titles, and three Super Bowls. He was named the NFL's Coach of the Year in 1981 and 1984. In 1993, he was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Bill Walsh.


1931 Birth Born on November 30, 1931.


1955 23 Years Old Walsh graduated from San Jose State with a bachelor's degree in physical education in 1955.
1959 27 Years Old He served under Bob Bronzan as a graduate assistant coach on the Spartans football coaching staff and graduated with a master's degree in physical education from San Jose State in 1959. … Read More


1966 34 Years Old Walsh began his pro coaching career in 1966 as an assistant with the AFL's Oakland Raiders. … Read More
1968 36 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1968, Walsh moved to the AFL expansion Cincinnati Bengals, joining the staff of legendary coach Paul Brown. … Read More


1975 43 Years Old When Brown retired as head coach following the 1975 season and appointed Bill "Tiger" Johnson as his successor, Walsh resigned and served as an assistant coach for Tommy Prothro with the San Diego Chargers in 1976. … Read More
In 1977, Walsh was hired as the head coach at Stanford where he stayed for two seasons.
1979 47 Years Old In 1979, Walsh was hired as head coach of the San Francisco 49ers by owner Edward J. DeBartolo, Jr. The long-suffering 49ers went 2–14 in 1978, the season before Walsh's arrival and repeated the same dismal record in his first season. … Read More
1980 48 Years Old In 1980, Steve DeBerg was the starting quarterback who got San Francisco off to a 3-0 start, but after a 59-14 blowout loss to Dallas in week 6, Walsh promoted Montana to starting QB. … Read More
1981 49 Years Old …  The 49ers won Super Bowl championships in 1981, 1984 and 1988. … Read More


1987 55 Years Old In addition to Joe Montana, Walsh drafted Ronnie Lott, Charles Haley, and Jerry Rice. He also traded a 2nd and 4th round pick in the 1987 draft for Steve Young. … Read More


1992 - 1993 2 More Events
1994 62 Years Old In 1994, after consecutive losing seasons, Walsh left Stanford and retired from coaching.
1996 64 Years Old In 1996 Walsh returned to the 49ers as an administrative aide
1999 67 Years Old Walsh was the Vice President and General Manager for the 49ers from 1999 to 2001 and was a special consultant to the team for three years afterwards.
2004 72 Years Old In 2004, Walsh was appointed as special assistant to the athletic director at Stanford.
2005 73 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2005, after then-athletic director Ted Leland stepped down, Walsh was named interim athletic director.
2007 76 Years Old Bill Walsh died of leukemia at 10:45 am on July 30, 2007, at his home in Woodside, California. … Read More
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