SAN FRANCISCO -- Bill Walsh didn't become an N-F-L coach
until he was 47 and spent just ten seasons on the San Francisco
49ers' sidelines. But during his tenure, Walsh took a team from the
N-F-C West cellar to three-time Super Bowl champions.
Walsh died early today after a long battle with leukemia. He was
75. According to Stanford University, where he served as coach and
athletic director, Walsh died at his Bay Area home.
Using Walsh's innovative offensive strategies and teaching
techniques, the 49ers became one of most successful sports
franchises during the 1980s.
He compiled a record of 102-63-and-1 with San Francisco, winning
ten of his 14 postseason games along with six division titles.
A two-time N-F-L coach of the year, Walsh twice served as the
49ers' general manager. After Walsh left the sidelines, George
Siefert would coach the Niners to two more Super Bowl titles.
Walsh coached at Stanford during two terms over five seasons.
He was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1993.