Bill Walsh

Coaching Record

Years Coached Record Win % Playoff record Playoff win %
21 173-132-3 56.66% 11-8 57.89%

Coaching Tree

Parents:

Paul Brown, Tommy Prothro, John Rauch

Children:

Bruce Coslet, Dennis Green, Mike Holmgren, Ray Rhodes, George Seifert, Mike White, Sam Wyche


Biography

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Career Summary

Bill Walsh was a football coach in the National Football League (NFL) from 1966 to 1996, finishing his career as the assistant to coaching staff of the San Francisco 49ers. Over his twenty-one years of coaching his teams compiled a cumulative win/loss record of 173-132-3. He was the head coach of the San Francisco 49ers from 1979 until the 1988 season, during which time the 49ers went 92-59-1. During his career he was a head coach for ten seasons. During his time leading the 49ers the team won the Super Bowl in 1981, 1984, and 1988.

Walsh was enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1993 after his coaching career.

Career Awards

As the head coach of the San Francisco 49ers he coached three players to award-winning seasons: Joe Montana, Comeback Player of the Year in 1986; Jerry Rice, AP Offensive Player of the Year in 1987; Roger Craig, AP Offensive Player of the Year in 1988.

Bill Walsh Coaching Tree

Before he was a head coach, Walsh served as an assistant coach for John Rauch, Paul Brown, Tommy Prothro, and George Seifert. Eight of these years were spent on Brown's coaching staff. During his time as head coach, seven assistant coaches, (Mike White, Dennis Green, Sam Wyche, Bruce Coslet, George Seifert, Ray Rhodes, and Mike Holmgren) on his coaching staff were hired as head coaches across the league. His coaching tree has combined for a record of 564-508-1 in the regular season and 30-29 in the playoffs during their sixty-eight seasons as head coach after serving on his coaching staffs. The coaching tree has combined for three championships, most recently in 1996 by the Green Bay Packers, led by Mike Holmgren.

Personal Information

Walsh was born on Monday, November 30, 1931 in Los Angeles, California. He died on Monday, July 30, 2007 at the age of 75.


History

Year Position Record Playoff record
1996 San Francisco 49ers Assistant to Coaching Staff 12-4-0 1-1
1988 San Francisco 49ers Head Coach 10-6-0 3-0
1987 San Francisco 49ers Head Coach 13-2-0 0-1
1986 San Francisco 49ers Head Coach 10-5-1 0-1
1985 San Francisco 49ers Head Coach 10-6-0 0-1
1984 San Francisco 49ers Head Coach 15-1-0 3-0
1983 San Francisco 49ers Head Coach 10-6-0 1-1
1982 San Francisco 49ers Head Coach 3-6-0 0-0
1981 San Francisco 49ers Head Coach 13-3-0 3-0
1980 San Francisco 49ers Head Coach 6-10-0 0-0
1979 San Francisco 49ers Head Coach 2-14-0 0-0
1976 San Diego Chargers Offensive Coordinator 6-8-0 0-0
1975 Cincinnati Bengals Quarterbacks Coach / Wide Receivers Coach 11-3-0 0-1
1974 Cincinnati Bengals Quarterbacks Coach / Wide Receivers Coach 7-7-0 0-0
1973 Cincinnati Bengals Quarterbacks Coach / Wide Receivers Coach 10-4-0 0-1
1972 Cincinnati Bengals Quarterbacks Coach / Wide Receivers Coach 8-6-0 0-0
1971 Cincinnati Bengals Quarterbacks Coach / Wide Receivers Coach 4-10-0 0-0
1970 Cincinnati Bengals Quarterbacks Coach / Wide Receivers Coach 8-6-0 0-1
1969 Cincinnati Bengals Wide Receivers Coach 4-9-1 0-0
1968 Cincinnati Bengals Offensive Ends Coach 3-11-0 0-0
1966 Oakland Raiders Offensive Backfield Coach 8-5-1 0-0

Coach history guide

Seasons with a championship win Seasons with a conference championship

Coach facts

  • Years as head coach: 10
  • Years as a coordinator: 1
  • Championships won: 1981, 1984, and 1988
  • Conference Championships won: 1981, 1984, and 1988
  • Second in total wins for the San Francisco 49ers.
  • Fourth in winning percentage for the San Francisco 49ers.
  • Most playoff wins in San Francisco 49ers history (10)
  • Past teams coached for: San Francisco 49ers, San Diego Chargers, Cincinnati Bengals, Oakland Raiders
  • College Attended: San Jose State Spartans
  • Date of Birth: Monday, November 30, 1931 (75 years old), Los Angeles, California